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CENTIMETERS 


Compilation  ©  2007  LexisNexis  Academic  &  Library  Solutions, 
a  division  of  Reed  Elsevier  Inc.  All  rights  reserved. 


A  SELECTIVE  MICROFILM  EDITION 
PARTY 
(1911-1919) 


Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Senior  Editor 

Brian  C.  Shipley 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
Linda  E.  Endersby 
Editors 

David  A.  Ranzan 
Indexing  Editor 

Janette  Pardo 
Richard  Mizclle 
Peter  Mikulas 
Indexers 

Paul  B.  Israel 
Director  and  General  Editor 


Sponsors 

Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey 
National  Park  Service,  Edison  National  Historic  Site 
New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Smithsonian  Institution 


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National  Historical  Publications  and  Records  Commission 
18  June  1981 

Copyright  ©  2007  by  Rutgers,  The  State  University 


All  rights  reserved.  No  part  of  this  publication  including  any  portion  of  the  guide  and 
index  or  of  the  microfilm  may  be  reproduced,  stored  in  a  retrieval  system,  or  transmitted  in  any 
form  by  any  means — graphic,  electronic,  mechanical,  or  chemical,  including  photocopying, 
recording  or  taping,  or  information  storage  and  retrieval  systems — without  written  permission  of 
Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey,  New  Brunswick,  New  Jersey. 

The  original  documents  in  this  edition  are  from  the  archives  at  the  Edison  National 
Historic  Site  at  West  Orange,  New  Jersey. 


ISBN  978-0-88692-887-2 


THOMAS  A.  EDISON  PAPERS  STAFF  (2007) 

Director  and  General  Editor 
Paul  Israel 

Senior  Editor 
Thomas  Jeffrey 

Associate  Editors 
Louis  Carlat 
Theresa  Collins 

Assistant  Editor 
David  Hochfelder 

Indexing  Editor 
David  Ranzan 

Consulting  Editor 
Linda  Endersby 

Visiting  Editor 
Amy  Flanders 

Editorial  Assistants 
Alexandra  Rimer 
Kelly  Enright 
Eric  Barry 

Outreach  and  Development 
(Edison  Across  the  Curriculum) 

Theresa  Collins 

Business  Manager 
Rachel  Wcisscnburgcr 


BOARD  OF  SPONSORS  (2007) 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey  National  Park  Service 

Richard  L.  McCormick  Maryanne  Gerbauckas 

Ziva  Galili  Michelle  Ortwein 

Ann  Fabian 

Paul  Clemens  Smithsonian  Institution 

Harold  Wallace 

New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Marc  Mappen 


EDITORIAL  ADVISORY  BOARD  (2007) 


Robert  Friedel,  University  of  Mary  land 
Louis  Galambos,  Johns  Hopkins  University 
Susan  Hockey,  Oxford  University 
Thomas  P.  Hughes,  University  of  Pennsylvania 
Ronald  Kline,  Cornell  University 
Robert  Rosenberg,  John  Wiley  &  Sons 
Marc  Rothenberg,  Joseph  Henry  Papers,  Smithsonian  Institution 
Philip  Scranton,  Rutgers  University/Hagley  Museum 
Merritt  Roe  Smith,  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology 


FINANCIAL  CONTRIBUTORS 


We  thankfully  acknowledge  the  vision  and  support  of  Rutgers  University  and  the 
Thomas  A.  Edison  Papers  Board  of  Sponsors. 

This  edition  was  made  possible  by  grant  funds  provided  from  the  New  Jersey  Historical 
Commission,  National  Historical  Publications  and  Records  Commission,  and  The  National 
Endowment  for  the  Humanities.  Major  underwriting  has  been  provided  by  the  Barkley  Fund, 
through  the  National  Trust  for  the  Humanities,  and  by  The  Charles  Edison  Foundation. 

Wc  are  grateful  for  the  generous  support  of  the  IEEE  Foundation,  the  Hyde  &  Watson 
Foundation,  the  Martinson  Family  Foundation,  and  the  GE  Foundation.  We  acknowledge  gifts 
from  many  other  individuals,  as  well  as  an  anonymous  donor;  the  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies;  and  the  Edison  Electric  Institute.  For  the  assistance  of  all  these 
organizations  and  individuals,  as  well  as  for  the  indispensable  aid  of  archivists,  librarians, 
scholars,  and  collectors,  the  editors  are  most  grateful. 


A  Note  on  the  Sources 
The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


PUBLICATION  AND  MICROFILM 
COPYING  RESTRICTIONS 

Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 
research. 


EDISON  GENERAL  FILE  SERIES 


1916 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Motion  Pictures  (E-16-58) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  motion  pictures  in  the  United  States 
and  other  countries.  Many  of  the  documents  for  1 91 6  pertain  to  Edison’s  decision 
to  retire  from  the  motion  picture  business  "on  account  of  the  drastic  competition." 
Included  are  communications  from  Carl  H.  Wilson,  vice  president  of  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  Inc.,  about  the  possible  sale  of  the  business  to  Paramount  Pictures  and 
from  Walter  Stevens,  manager  of  the  TAE  Inc.  Export  Division,  about  the 
decision  to  close  the  London  office  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ltd.,  and  about  the  sale 
of  old  films  to  the  Russian  Red  Cross  and  other  foreign  customers.  Also  included 
is  a  memorandum  by  George  F.  Scull,  former  vice  president  of  the  Motion  Picture 
Patents  Co.,  written  shortly  after  the  U.S.  District  Court  ruled  against  that 
company  for  the  second  time  in  an  antitrust  suit. 

In  addition,  there  are  items  relating  to  film  footage  of  Edison  at  work  and 
on  a  camping  trip;  to  comments  published  in  the  Philadelphia  Public  Ledger  by 
Edison  and  by  noted  painter  J.  Carroll  Beckwith  on  the  use  of  stills  from  high¬ 
speed  film;  and  to  a  patent  infringement  issue  involving  Edison's  super 
kinetoscope,  an  improved  projector  developed  in  1915.  There  are  also  many 
unsolicited  letters  about  improvements  in  motion  picture  technology.  A  few  of  the 
suggested  improvements  were  assessed  for  Edison  by  experimenters  Selden  G. 
Warner  and  Adolph  F.  Gall,  but  most  of  the  letters  contain  notations  by  Edison 
stating  that  he  had  no  further  interest  in  motion  pictures  due  to  previous  failures 
and  the  demands  of  other  business. 

The  correspondents  include  investor  and  longtime  Edison  friend  Arthur  I. 
Clymer ;  motion  picture  pioneers  Carl  Laemmle  (whom  Edison  refers  to  as  a  "d- 
d  patent  thief')  and  Samuel  Goldwyn;  and  Harvard  lecturer  and  future  efficiency 
expert  Johnson  O'Connor.  There  are  also  interoffice  communications  by  Charles 
Edison,  who  oversaw  some  aspects  of  the  motion  picture  business. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  suggestions  regarding  color  film, 
sound  recording,  flickerless  projection,  and  three-dimensional  photography,  which 
merely  received  a  form-letter  reply.  Also  not  selected  is  routine  business 
correspondence  of  the  Motion  Picture  Division,  which  was  handled  by  Leonard 
W.  McChesney. 


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VX  W.  Hbrd  bt.  ("iasonlc  xemple  Bldg),  this  is  the  only  real  office  which  it 
has,  the  address,  1476  Bway.  (Long  Acre  Bldg)  being  the  office  of  Adam 
Aessel,  the  becy,  and  Ohas.  u.  Baumann,  a  director,  which  latter  address 
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Corp. 

'.Triangle  Film  Corp.  is  a  §5,000,000  Colo,  corporation,  par  value 
of  its  shares,  $5.00  each,  Harry  is.  Aitken,  pres;  Adam  Kessel,  bee;  W.  If. 
Se'ligsburg,  2reas;  u.  W.  Griffith,  Ohas.  o.  Baumann  and  mack  bennett,  Add. 


Uirs. 

She  promoter  of  triangle  film  Co.  is  Harry  is.  Aitken,  who  has  been 
in  the  promotion  picture  business  in  Haoine,  Wis,  'Denver,  Colo,  Kansas  City, Mo, 
bt.  Louis,  Mo,  and  finally  Hew  York,  where  we  are  told  he  has  "pulled  off" 
various  unfair, i if  not  worse;  deals  with  people  who  have  been  associated 
with  him.  His  last  act  of  selfishness  wus  practically  the  wrecking  of  the 
Mutual  Film  Corp,  of  which  he  was  pres't  &  General  Mgr,  and  the  story,  as 
we  get  it,  is  that  the  Mutual  was  praotioally  looted,  to  enable  him  to  form 
the  triangle  Film  Corp. 

i'he  triangle  Film  Corp.  we  regard  chiefly  as  a  stock  jobbing  propo¬ 
sition.  Aitken  has  issued  fine  sounding  letters  to  the  public,  directing  at¬ 
tention  to  the  stook,  which  is  listed  on  the  Curb,  the  quotation  yesterday 
on  the  Curb  was  $6.00  a  share,  the  par  value  of  this  stock  being  $5.00  per 
share,  and  the  highest  point  it  ever  reached  on  tho  Curb  was  $9.00  about  three 
months  ago  for  two  days. 


We  believe  that  the  idea  of  Aitken  and  other  insiders  is  to  quietly 
unload  the  stock  at  the  hiehest  possible  price. 

The  Triangle  Film  Oorp.  has  engaged  a  large  number  of  stars  to 
appear  in  pictures,  and  we  understand  that  tttas  a  couple  of  studiois  in 
or  near  ban  Francisco,  but  that  the  pictures/are  produced  at  the  studio 


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Picture  Corp.  is  Hms  1701-2  Masonic  Temple,  on  the  door  of  which  appears, 
"Keliance  Motion  ricture  Oorp.",  "mystic  motion  xicture  Corp".  and  in  small 
letters,  in  the  corner.  "W.  *.  belisberg",  who  is  Treas .  of  the  Wangle 
Film  oorp.  Aitken  also  makes  his  headquarters  in  these  offices,  and  is  not 
to  be  found  at  the  regular  offices  of  the  Triangle  Film  oorp,  hm  141b,  71  Vi. 
SSrd  bt. 

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It,  assets,  eto..  there  1.  nothing  doing-  ««  •••»«»•  "**  b*“ 

.hie  to  get  any  detail,  oonoetnlng  the  real  .tarn,  of  thi.  oo.p.ny, 

among  the  stars  engaged  hy  the  Ml-  °«P-  “•  f0ll'”1“8' 

golf  copper .  Kaymona  alteheoox.  Mill,  rathe.  Mats,  .teaser,  maty  roland. 
J«li.  lean,  Manx  ae.nto,  oa.tin  Parnu..  addle  My.  v.et.r  a  fields,  and  many 
others  not  quite  so  prominent. 

Triangle  MM  oorp.  ha.  r.n.ad  a  number  of  the.tt.s  in  the  largo 
oltiee;  in  11.  1.  city,  tha  bnioxerbooxer  Theatre.  At  th...  theatres  their 
films  or.  prodno.l  prices  of  seats  rtoglng  from  am  to  92.00.  and  it  is 
Bold  that  the  slexerbeoxer  dees  not  pay.  In  addition  to  th.  leasing  of 
theatre.,  there  1.  load  talx  of  hnylne  sites,  bnilding  pietnr.it  play  hen.es. 
and  alao  releasing  the  fiMa  of  the  Triangle  MM  oorp.  at  exerbitant  prises. 


•Vie  also  understand  that  the  pictures  which  it  has  produced  have  cost  far 
too  muoh  money,  in  the  opinion  of  those  who  claim  to  know.  We  also  under¬ 
stand  that  when  a  Triangle  picture  is  being  shown  at  the  njiiokeroooker 
Theatre,  the  same  picture  is  shown  that  Same  day,  in  other  If.  i .  houses 
for  IOjS  to  2bfS.  It  is  evident  that  there  is  something  rotten  in  this 
camp,  and  just  when  the  Triangle  Film  Gorp.  will  come  to  an  end,  we  cannot 
predict,  although  it  does  not  seem  far  off. 

The  so-called  specialist  on  the  Curb  for  the  Triangle  stock. 


in  this  case,  were  you  to  sell  the  company  anything  which  re 
quires  an  outlay  of  money,  we  feel  that  you  should  get  a  substantial 
cash  payment  aawn  with  order,  and  some  additional  guarantee  aside  from 
the  company ‘s  obligation,  for  the  balance.  We  understand  that  *dam 
Vessel,  the  seoy,  might  be  a  fairly  good  guarantee,  but  not  Aitken. 

We  understand  that  Thos .  H.  Ince,  Mack  sennett  and  b.  W.  iirii 
are  interested  in  Triangle  Film  Gorp.  only  in  the  sense  of  producers, 
of  whom  are  drawing  a  "fat1'  salary.  These  three  men  are  the  ones  who 
duced  "The  Birth  of  a  Ration"  picture,  and  by  reason  of  that  and  the  1 
tation  they  go,  Aitken  gathered  them  in,  for  the  purpose  of  enabling  1 
to  unload  stock  on  the  uninquiring  public. 


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Mr.  Edison: 


January  24,  1916. 


At  the  Annual  Meeting  of  the  General  Film  Co.  held  at 
Portland  on  Jan.  18th,  the  proposed  amendments  (making  the  number 
of  directors  10  instead  of  9)  were  unanimously  adopted,  and  the 
following  were  elected  directors: 


For  Kalem  Company- 
"  Kleine- 
"  hub  in- Co. 

"  MelieB  Co. 

"  Selig  Co. 

"  Essanay  Co. 

"  Vitagraph  Co. 

"  Biograph  Co. 

"  T.A.E.Inc. 

As  the  10th  director. 


Prank  J.  Marion 
George  Kleine 

Ferdinand  V.  Singhi  (lubin's  son-in-law) 

Paul  G.  Melies 

:7m.  U.  Selig 

George  K.  Spoor 

Albert  E.  Smith 

Percival  L.  WaterB 

Carl  H.  Wilson 

J.  A.  BerBt. 


At  the  meeting  of  these  above  new  directors  held  at  the 
General  Film  Company's  office,  Hew  York,  following  the  Annual  Meeting 
at  Portland,  the  following  were  elected  officers  for  the  ensuing  year: 


President, 

Vice-Pres. 

Treasurer, 

Secretary, 


George  Kleine 
George  K.  Spoor 
Paul  G.  Melies 
Frank  J.  Marion. 


Executive  Committee 


Albert  E.  Smith 
Frank  J.  Marion 

The  President,  Mr.  Kleine,  is  a  member  ex-officio. 


After  the  election  of  officers,  the  question  of  salaries 
was  taken  up  and  decided  upon  as  follows: 

At  the  reciuest  of  the  President,  the  question  of  his  salary 
was  left  open  until ’the  next  meeting,  as  he  stated  he  did  not  want 
an  exorbitant  amount  but  wanted  a  little  time  to  find  out  how  much 
of  his  time  the  office  would  consume  before  deciding  on  what  he  would 
require  or  whether  he  could  consistently  aocept  the  salary  that  might 
be  decided  upon  by  the  directors. 

The  Vice-President  draws  no  salary,  and  never  has. 

The  Treasurer '  s  •  salary  up  to  the  year  1915  was  i?15 , 000 . 

For  the  year  1915  it  was  reducedto  §10,000;  and  for o^6  year 

1916  it  was  made  at  the  rate  of  §100  per  week,  or  .*>5200  for  the  year. 


Secretary-  no  salary. 

Executive  Committee-'  Outside  of  the  President,  who  cannot 
draw  two  salaries,  §2,000  each.  For  the  year  1914  it  was  *5, 000 
each;  for  the  year  1915  it  was  reduced  to  §3,000;  and  for  the  year 
1916  it  was  brought  down  to  §2,000. 


'  Mr.  Edison-  2. 


After  the  question  of  salaries  had  been  completed,  Beret 
handed  in  his  resignation  as  a  director,  and  nobody  was  elected  to 
fill  his  place,  and,  I  imagine,  there  will  not  be  for  some  time  at 
least.  The  By-laws  say  10  directors  must  be  elected,  but  there  is 
no  reason  why  the  matter  cannot  be  laid  over  from  meeting  to  meeting 
or  why  the  Board  cannot  disagree  for  an  indefinite  period  on  who 
the  10th  director  shall  be. 

The  question  of  conducting  the  business  in  a  more  open  way; 
that  is,  by  having  reports  sent  to  the  above  directors  from  time  to 
time  showing  the  condition  of  the  company  as  well  as  what  transpires 
at  the  different  meetings  was  then  discussed  and  fully  agreed  to, 
and  by  the  time  the  next  meeting  convenes  Mr.  Kleine  is  to  have  the 
policy  to  be  conducted  outlined  so  that  he  can  lay  it  before  the  Board 
for  approval. 

There  was  no  general  Manager  appointed,  as  Mr.  Kleine 
wanted  a  little  time  to  decide  who  would  be  the  best  man  to  appoint, 
but  from  my  talk  with  Mr.  Kleine  I  feel  quite  safe  in  saying  he  will 
be  a  practical  man,  and  not  a  figure-head,  as  has  perhaps  been  the 
case  heretofore. 

All  things  considered,  I  think  the  business  will  be  run 
on  a  more  businesslike  basis  under  Mr.  Elaine's  management  than 
it  ever  has  been  before,  and  if  there  is  any  opportunity  or  prospect 
of  pulling  the  company  together  and  again  making  it  profitable,  he 
is  the  man  who  will  be  able  to  do  it. 

CH17/IW 


CC  to  Messrs.  Charles  Edison  and  Mambert. 


January  25,  1916. 


Yesterday  (January  24th)  the  decree  in  the  Government  case 
was  entered  in  Philadelphia,  hut  will  not  become  effective  until 
February  24th,  this  interval  being  given  so  that  we  can  perfect  our 
appeal  and  thus  prevenjr  the  decree  becoming  effective  as  to  its 
injunctive  features  urffcil  the  Supreme  Court  passes  on  the  question. 

The  decree /as  entered  strikes  down  all  of  the  license 
agreements  with  the  Patents  Company  and  the  contract  between  the 
G.  F,  Co.  and  the  individual  manufacturers  and  forbids  a  continuation 
of  the  conspiracy  in  general  terms.  Mr.  MacDonald,  representing  the 
preferred  stockholders,  made  a  vigorous  attempt  to  get  the  Court  to 
give  them  some  consideration,  but  this  was  refused.  There  is  nothing 
in  the  decree,  even  if  it  were  now  effeotive,  to  disturb  in  any  way 
the  business  relations  now  existing.  The  Patents  Company  is  specif¬ 
ically  given  the  right  to  grant  "normal  and  legal  licenses"  under 
its  patents.  (  I  lefct  before  the  clean  copy  was  prepared,  but  will  send 
copy  tomorrow. 

At  the  present  time  there  are  no  "licensed"  exhibitors, 
since  none  is  paying  his  weekly  royalties  either  directly  or  through 
the  G.  F.  Most  of  the  licenses  to  film  manufacturers  have  been 
cancelled  for  failure  to  pay  royalties.  It  is  likely  that  the 
remaining  licenses  to  film  manufacturers  will  expire  in  a  couple  of 
weeks,  because  they  will  probably  discontinue  paying  their  royalties. 

There  is  nothing  left  to  the  Patents  Company  except  the 
possibilities  under  the  Latham  patent  suit,  which  was  decided  against 
the  Patents  Company  in  the  lower  Court  and  which  is  now  on  appeal. 

This  appeal  will  probably  he  heard  in  the  latter  part  of  March  or  in 
April.  This  suit  is  an  attempt  to  enforce  the  exhibitors'  payment 
of  royalties,  and  an  exchange  and  a  manufacturer  are  also  defendants, 
on  the  theory  that  they  are  contributory  infringers  in  supplying 
film  to  an  exhibitor  not  licensed.  The  defense  to  this  suit  is 
(1)  that  the  license  restriction  placed  on  the  machine  is  illegal, 
and  (2)  that  the  patent  is  invalid.  The  real  fight  is  on  the  first 
defense.  If  we  succeed  in  this  suit  we  will  then  be  in  a  position 
to  levy  the  royalty  of  50i  a  week  on  each  exhibitor,  and  possibly  will 
also  be  in  a  position  to  dictate  who  shall  and  who  shall  not  supply 
film  for  use  on  those  machines.  If  this  latter  comes  true,  then 
the  Patents  Company  will  have  considerable  power  in  choosing  the 
licensed  exchanges  and  manufacturers. 

The  Patents  Company  v/ill  probably  continue  to  receive  an 
income  of  §5  for  each  machine  manufactured,  although  there  are  signs 
to  indicate  that  the  machine  manufacturers  are  inclined  to  repudiate 
these  licenses  also.  This  amounts  to  about  $20,000  a  year,  and 
these  licenses  v/ill  oertainly  be  repudiated  if  the  Court  holds  the 
Latham  patent  invalid. 

Personally  I  see  no  reason  why  the  Edison  Company,  if  it 


(2) 


wishes,  should  not  malce  a  business  arrangement  with  any  distributor 
it  sees  fit.  Heretofore  it  has  always  been  deemed  advisable  for  the 
Edison  and  Biograph  Companies  to  do  nothing  which  tended  to  detract 
from  the  supposed  power  of  the  Patents  Company  and  the  strength  of 
the  patents  so  that  the  licensed  manufacturers  and  the  General  Film 
Co  would  continue  their  licenses  and  the  payment  of  royalties. 

Since  no  royalties  are  now  being  paid  this  reason  disappears.  If 
the  Patents  Company  wins  its  suit  on  the  latham  patent  and  is  then  in 
position  to  enforce  the  collection  of  weekly  royalties,  it  of  course 
'  can  sue  the  Paramount  Co.  or  any  other  distributing  organization,  and 
if  need  be,  make  the  Edison  Company  a  party  to  such  a  suit.  The 
worst  that  could  happen  would  be  that  the  Edison  Company  might  become 
liable  for  some  of  the  royalties  of  the  Paramount  exhibitors;  but  the 
chance  of  collection  of  back  royalties  under  such  circumstances  is 
negligible,  and  in  any  event  the  Edison  Company  would  get  back  through 
the  Pa’ tents  Co.  a  part  of  what  it  would  pay.  I  do  not  think  there 
is  the  slightest  chance  of  any  such  situation  arising* 

To  sum  up,  I  believe  that  the  possibilities  of  obtaining 
future  revenues  through  the  Patents  Co.  would  not  be  jeopardized  in 
any  way  by  the  Edison  Co.  malting  a  distributing  arrangement  ith  the 
Par amount ^or  any  other  exchange,  and  that  there  is  hardly  a  possibil¬ 
ity  of  any  liability  to  the  Edison  Co.  arising  therefrom  so  far  as 
the  Patents  Co.  is  concerned. 


gps/iot 


George  F.  Scull. 


Gentlemen :- 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  Ootober  11th,  1915,  in  answer 
to  mine  to  you,  dated  Ootoher  7th,  1915,  I  heg  to  advise  that  I 
have  filed  proper  papers  with  the  patent  department  at  Washington, 
protecting  the  devioe  (  sprooket  )  this  day  sent  for  your  inspection 
under  separate  oover.  I  am  sending  it, by  registered,  Speoial  Deliv¬ 
ery.  Av  hin-c.C'-1'-'-*' 

This  18  a  rough  model  of  a  sprooket  idea  that  I  have  worked  out. 

I  believe  that  you  oan  readily  see  the  advantages  it  has  over  the  old 
style  sprocket.  This  sprooket  is  made  in  two  different  styles.  One 
being  a  oirole  split  on  one  side  so  that  it  oan  be  sprung  over  the 
shafts.  The  other  is  two  half  sections,  as  I  stated  before,  which 
are  slipped  over  two  little  pins.asxifcsxdx  or  more  if  desirable,  on 
the  drum.  Both  ideas  are  inoluded  on  the  model  I  send  you,  one  at 

either  end^  ^  two  iaeaa  on  this  same  model  for  attaohing  the  col¬ 
lar  to  hold  the  sprooket  to  the  drum.  Tou  will  note  that  at  one  end 
the  oollar  is  sorewed  on  while  at  the  other  end  the  oollar  is  put  on 
with  two  little  sorews.  ,  ^  ^ 

This  sprooket  oan  be  put  on  by  the  operator  in  four  to  five  min¬ 
utes  without  removeing  the  drum  from  the  maohine  shaft.  This  is  an  ad¬ 
vantage  in  that  the  moving  pioture  theatres  in  the  smaller  towns  are 
hardly  getting  by  any  way,  as  I  know  from  Beveral  years  experience. 

And,  too,  the  operator  neglects  to  put  on  new  sprookets  when  he  should, 
oausing  the  films,  in  many  instanoes,  to  be  out  by  the  sharpness  of 
the  old  sprooketjj.  Neoessarially  the  next  theatre  to  reoeive  the  film 
gets  it  in  a  damaged  oondition,  sooner  or  later  foroing  an^therwise 

good  film  off  the  oiroult.  .  .  _ 

I  send  you  the  idea  fully  proteoted,  as  you  suggested.  If  you 
oan  use  this  I  would  be  glad  to  have  you  do  so,  prefferably,  on  a 
royalty  basis,  as  I  want  to  reserve  the  right  to  use  this  sprooket 
idea  on  a  maohine  that  I  am  working  on  that  will  make  an  absolutely 
fliokerless  Jioture,  that  will  move  the  film  on  one  eighth  to  one 
tenth.  Starting  movement  slow  and  plokingup,,  which  will  make  no 
more  strain  on  the  film  than  the  present  maohine  that  moves  them  on 
one  fourth  and  one  sixth. 

Will  take  out  Canadian  patents  in  the  near  future. 

Would  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  at  your  oonvenienoe. 

I  am  sending  you  photographs  of  sprooket. 


E.W. Blythe. 


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MOTION  PICTURE  BOARD  OF  TRADE 


Janaary  28,  1916. 

By  dear  Mr .Edison: 


Year  splendid  message  to  those 
who  were  present  at  the  first  annual 
dinner  of  the  Motion  Picture  Board  of  Trade 
of  America  received  the  applause  it 
deserved.  X  am  sure  that  the  only  regret 
in  the  hearts  of  all  of  us  was  that  you 
were  not  personally  present,  as  I  Know 
you  were  in  spirit. 

On  behalf  of  the  officers  and 
'  directors  of  the  Motion  Picture  Board  of 
Trade  of  America  as  well  as  Individually, 

I  thank:  you.  y 


Executive  Secretary. 


Mr.Thomas  A.Edison 
Orange  N.  J. 


PATHE  FR.ER.ES 


J* 


MOTION  PICTURES 


Be  ar  f'.ir ,  \  ^  M 

V.'a  have  the  pleasure  of  referring  to1  your  letter  ^ 
of  January  22nd  relative  to  talcing  pictures  of  Mr.  Edison 
at  work  for  our  PATHE  HEWS,  February  12th. \  Vie  trust  that 
you  will  he  able  to  arrange  seme  for  ub  and\appreciate  very 


t  your  early  advice. 


V  ^ V*"', 


EC/js£l?B 


February  3,  1916 


K7M:ASC 


Jesse  |_- [_asky Feature  Play Qd-ing 


Dear  Mr.  Edison:  ^  - 

t \\,c4r  '  •  J 

You  are  cordially  invited;  to 
be  a  member  of  a  committee  consisting 
of  friends  of  Mr.  Daniel  Protean  in 
the  recognition  of  whose  years  ser¬ 
vice  for  the  betterment  of  the  stage 
and  the  motion  picture,  in  which  field 
of  late  he  has  been  very  active,  a 
dinner  in  his  honor  is  to  be  given  ai 
the  Hotel  Astor  ball-room  on  Sunday 
evening,  March  26. 

Among  the  gentlemen  who  are 
enthusiastically  interested  in  this 
testimonial  as  members  of  the  committee 
are  Messrs.  David  Belasco.  A.  L.  r-rlang- 
er,  Otto  H.  Kahn,  Alexander  Lambert, 
Joseph  Brooks,  Brander  Matthews.  Dudley 
Field  Malone,  J.  Stuart  Blaokton,  Marc 
Klaw,  John  Drew,  James  K.  Hackett, 
William  Gillette,  William  A.  Johnston, 
Alf  Hnyman,  Walter  Damrosoh,  Augustus 
Thomas.  Ogden  Reid,  Charles  B.  Tilling 
ham,  Adolph  3ukor,  William  Harris,  Sr., 
George  M.  Cohan,  William  Courtleigh, 

Sam  H.  Harris,  John  W.  Rumsey  and  Samuel 
Goldfish. 

An  acknowledgement  would  he 
highly  appreciated. 


,.  Edison,  Esq.. 


motion  firtnre  Campaign 


Arinra  3taii 

SAMUEL  GOLDFISH.  ch»««»m 


April  8th, 5-916. 


Mr.  L.W.MoChesney, 
Thoa . A .Edi aon, Inc . 
Fordham,N.Y.C. 


My  dear  Mr.  McCheaney:- 

I  am  enoloaing  to  you  under  a®P^ate  cover 
a  latter  for  uee  in  the  promotion  woik 
of  ?he  ciplign  Which  we  wish  to  have  signed 
by  Mr.  Edison. 

Hr.  Rutgera  of  your  office,  to  whom  I  spoke 
over  the  phone  this  morning, 

I  send  this  to  you  and  you 

to  Mr.  Edison.  It  would  probably  he  be u ter 
for  you  to  write  the  reque at  for  M  si gna 
t,,TO  If  vou  wish,  you  may  redraft  tne 
letter  forVr.  Edison  to  algn  but  the  one 
sent  embodies  the  idea  we  want  to  convey. 

I  believe  you  will  readily  appreciate  the 
lalue  to  the  Campaign  of  this  document  so 
aigned. 

Of  course,  speed  ie  imperative  with  ua  nov. 


Hoping  that  it  will  be  possible  to  arrange 
this  matter,  I  am, 


Very  truly  youra, 

Publicity  Committee.  / 

MOT I OH  PICTURE  CAMPAIGN  ' 

FOR  THE  ACTORS'  FUND. 


MOTION  PICTURE  CAMPAIGN  FOR  THE  ACTORS  FUND 

MAKE  ALLCHECKS^PAYABLE  TO^THE  MOcktqn  treasurer,  locust  AVENUE.  BROOKLYN.  N.  Y. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Hr.  Meadoworoft: 


The  attached  letter  from  E.  L.  Harvey, 
Motion  Picture  Campaign  for  the  Actors'  Fund, 
I  am  sending  you  also  a  carbon  of  my  reply. 


Publicity  Committee, 
is  self-explanatory. 


Mr.  Edison  is  probably  asked  to  sign  this  letter  because, 
a  X  understand  it,  he  is  honorary  chairman  of  the  general  committee. 


LWMsASO 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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CojvJ  <o-t-cj'i^  J  tJW 

s.  r  t  r  f  -  Afr11  ]lth-  1916 • 

Motion  Picture  Campaign  for  actors  Fund,-.  ^ 

SO  East  42nd  Street,  Jp  ,_<£/-  &  c£e<2t/4  Lwv 

I!ew  York  City,  VwfcGu-vtt<j  tVxA.  VUiflp  KT  / 

Dear  Sir:  <Ut? “tjf  CC,LVUtA>&t  lT°^i/ 

Mr.  L.  V.:.  McChesneyj  Manager  of  our  Motion 
Picture  Division  has  sent  mo  your  letter  of  the  eighth  , 
ins tint,  together  with  the  letter  which  you  would  17 
like  to  have  Mr.  Edison  sign. 

Mr.  Edison  is  in  Florida,  and  X  will  send 
letters  down  to  him,  asking  him  if  it  is  agreeable 
him  to  sign  such  a  letter  as  you  have  forwarded. 

X  fear,  however,  that  you  will  be  disappoint¬ 
ed  as  Mr.  Edison  wishes  to  refrain  as  much  as  possible 
from  connecting  himself-  with  affairs  of  a  public  nature 
especially  when  it  concerns  the  signing  of  letters  or 
statements  which  have  a  wide  circulation.  These  things 
bring  upon  him  on  avalanche  of  mail,  which  adds  to  his 
already  overheavy  burdens. 

I  will  communicate  with  you, further  when  I 
hear  from  him. 

*ours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


A?,/?,  /-*/*-»>  J?  —  (^<a  Acr<~ 


lUnlteb  States  department  of  agriculture, 

Bureau  ot  UMant  UnOustrs. 


^  Q/CW  vfl  ant  mo  1  or\<jert  wv-U-i.c.a£o. 
jmas  A.  Edison,  .  |  /  e  ^  .  ....  i 

p*-«r  5'/  T  fj 

East  Orange,  ..  J.  J^AiTlU 

^40  <*■  Cd-ai-  G-w-f  f  LUI-  ^ 

For  some  months  laet  past,  the  writer  has  been  engaged  in  a 
reful  study  of  the  problem  of  a  color  r  '  *'<™ 


very  full 
picture  work. 


it.  I  cannot  afford  to  spend  the  money  necessary  to  develop  ay  ideas 
a  process  on  a  commercial  scale.  I  am  not  seeking  financial  baoking, 
tion  of  a  different  kind.  In  other  words,  I  wish  to  become  associated 
concern  that  would  be  interested  in  this  matter  and  would  continue 
the  experiments  at  its  plant  under  my  direction.  In  order  to  carry  on  ™®®®  ®*" 
periments  it  will  be  necessary  to  have  the  help  of  a  very  fully  equipped  laboratory 
al  department. 

would  be  willing  to  enter  into  an  agreement  by  which  anything  that  woulc 
would  become  the  property  of  the  company,  I  to  receive  a  royalty  or 

nsation  as  might  be  mutually  agreed  upon.  I  think  six  months  would 


Mr.  T.A.E.,  5/3— #8 


lie  sufficient  time  in  which  to  do  the  experimental  work  and  build  the  apparatus 
for  taking  and  showing  the  pictures. 

I  am  taking  this  up  with  you  in  the  belief  that  you  will  be  interested 
and  will  probably  see  your  way  clear  to  accept  my  proposition. 

Yours  very  respectfully, 

1400  K  St.  N.  TV. 


MFP 


A  17.  1916  ,  .  V  f 

Sum 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edisoh,  A  -  C  .Of 

East  Orange,  U.  J-  (  2,0 

Dear  Sir: 

X  have  an  idea  for  an  imprqJuFment  in  making  *q  t  of v,«v4 
motion  pictures  and  want  to  get  if  off  my  mind, 
asked  a  local  photographer  if  it  were  practical  and  vv^ 
he  replied  that  only  an  Edison  could  tell  tnat, 


i  taking  the  liberty  of  writing  you. 


«teco-W 

The  idea  is  to  apply  the  principle  of  the  ^  t  4. ,.ef 
stereoscope  to  the  screen  pictures.  Instead  of  uaingW  j 

one  camera,  two  cameras  would  be  operated  simultan¬ 
eously  at  a  proper  distance  apart  for  the  scene  that 
is  being  taken.  These  would  be  thrown  on  the  screen 
simultaneously  in  perfect  time  and  register  to  show 
one  picture  exactly  as  at  present,  mechanical  means 
for  running  these  reels  through  so  that  they  would 
exactly  synchronise  would  have  to  be  devised  and  the 
idea  might  not  work  on  buildings  and  lines  in  receding 
perspective,  but  for  certain  scenes  it  would  seem  to 
me  possible  to  take  pictures  in  such  manner  as  to  pro¬ 
duce  the  appearance  of  rotundity  and  overcome  the 
flatness  noticeable  in  certain  pictures# 

I  confess  to  an  entire  ignorance  of  the  prin¬ 
ciples  involved  but  know  that  you  would  be  able  to  say 
instantly  whether  there  is  anything  in  the  or  n  t . 

If  there  is,  I  would  be  glad  to  see  the  idea  worked  out 
ana  would  like  to  correspond  with  you  about  it. 


Yours  very  truly, 


Advertising  Mgr. 


had,  I  would  thank  you  heartily  for  a  Hat  to  be  sent  to  Mr.  Robertson. 


mJii 


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^  Mr  Ttows  A  Edi^vi*.^'  ’■  ^  ■/ 

y-^tU-^'rVnge ,  N.J. 

^NDear  Mr  Edison  f 

Ufa  j  #hil3  I  was  in  collegV  I  »&» 

<Q  asledi  indirectly  if  I  would  work  Cor  you 
^  1  on^tsovies  of  scientific  experiments. 

~ - -Since,  for  four  or  five  year?,  I  nave 

been  teaching  astronomy  at  Harvard  and 
at  the  same  time  been  an  assistant  to 
Dr  Bercival  Lowell.  I  realise  now  nsor- 
than  then  how  necessary  such  movies  are 
to  tb“  advance  of  the  education  of  today. 
Has  anything  been  done  with  astronomy 
and  if  so  is  it  possible  to  get  then,  to 
use?  1  have  been  asked  to  speak  next 
year  before  the  Chicago  Woman’s  Club  on 
Astronomy  and  would  like  to  show  movies. 

If  nothing  has  been  lone  is  there  anything 
which  I  could  do?  I  would  be  glad  to  give 
all  the  time  I  have,  including  my  summer 
vacation,  if  X  could  be  of  help  with  the 
astronomical  part. 


PUBLIC  «&§§§!  LEDGER 

INDEPENDENCE  SQUARE 
PHILADELPHIA 

30th  May  1916 


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t  copies  of  correspondence 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

The  laboratory, 

Orange,  K.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

As  I  c 

notwithstanding  your  deolaraijj 
and  as  you  are  the  "kind  of  i 
may  I  draw  your  attention  to  the  4 
I  have  had  with  Carroll  Beckwith,  the  painter,  relating  to  a  sub¬ 
ject  which  is  entirely  within  your  field?" 

At  the  time  I  saw  your  ph^ffgraphic  expert 
last  winter,  he  told  me  that  he  regarded  as  quite  feasible  the 
idea  of  producing  a  camera  which  would  permit  of  several  instan¬ 
taneous  exposures  a  second  in  order  that  pictures  might  be  selected 
of  persons  in  motion,  which  are  more  graoeful  than  those  now  ob¬ 
tained  by  the  snap-shot  men.  Other  matters  were  then  pressing 
and  the  process  of  experiments  necessary  for  the  production  of  such 


a  camera  could  not  be  elaborated. 

Ae  the  newspapers  of  this  country  are  pub¬ 
lishing  more" and  more  Rotogravure  Supplements  showing  snap-shot 
photographs,  this  becomes  a  very  practical  question.  If  you  can 
prodube  a  camera  of  the  type  that  will  yield  more  graceful  photo¬ 
graphs'  of  moving  persons  and  animals  at  a  slightly  added  cost,  the 
pictures  to  be  of  a  better  quality  than  those  on  the  ordinary 
moving  picture  film,  and  larger,  you  can  probably  have  a  monopoly 


of  the 
world  4 


picture  business  in  the  TJnited  States  and  in  the 

What  do  you  think  of  the  proposition? 

Cordially  and  sincerely  yours, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Carroll  Beckwith,  Esq. , 

#67  West  45th  Street, 

New  York  City 

My'odear  Mr.  Beckwith: - 

Although  we  cannot  use  over  again  the  printed 
articles  which  you  sent  to  Mr.  Spurgeon ,  ^-"remarks  about  the  com¬ 
paratively  correct  representation  of  form  '  whioh  ia  obligatory  upon 
all  pictorial  art,  suggest  a  question  about  photographic  work 
which  is  to  me  of  absorbing  interest. 

Snapshot  photographs  usually  depict  living 
and  moving  individuals  in  grotesque  postures,  failing  in  presenta¬ 
tion  both  of  line  and  proportion  that  will  meet  with  ttw  approval 
and  give  pleasure  to  the  cultivated  eye  and  mind  of  the  beholder. 

The  photograph  of  a  running  athlete  is  usually  ungainly.  Character¬ 
istic  points  of  spring  or  poise  in  his  running,  if  caught  at  the 
right  instant,  would  reveal  him  in  a  graceful  posture.  Cannot  this 
problem  of  photographic  grace  be  solved  through  some  adaptation  of 
-#motion  picture  machine?  I  talked  once  with  one  of  the  experts  of 
Mr.  Edison's  plant,  who  said  that  it  was  possible  to  devise  a 
camera  that  would  take  ten  or  twelve  pictures  a  second,  with  an  ex¬ 
posure  for  each  picture  of  a  120th  of  a  second.  With  such  a  camera, 
photographs  or  pioturea  of  persons  or  animals  in  motion  could  be  taker 
that  would  be  pleasing  to  the  eye  and  most  instructive  to  the  artist. 

Have  X  made  my  point  clear  and  am  I  cirrect  in 
mv  surmise  about  it?  I  am  sure  that  whatever  you  might  have  to 
sav  on  this  subject  would  be  of  high  public  interest  and  value  and 
we  should  be  disposed  to  publish  it  simultaneously  in  several 
important  newspapers. 

Cordially  and  sincerely  yours, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


P  the  Editor  of  the  Public  Ledger. 


that  instantaneous  photography  in  ^e  portrayal  oftaaan  action  is 
„ftprl  in  erotesaue  postures,  is  undeniably  true-,  ana  yet, 
the  less  correct  and  truthful.  But  the  answer  to  your 
civen  in  the  following  words,  where  you  state  that  it  P^0*131 
®  w  +n  take  with  the  improved  camera  "ten  or  twelve  pictures  a 
!iJ-  ™d  vou  suggest  that  among  these  would  be  found  movements 

?ha?  weie  gracefuHnd  bea^iful.  making  pictures  that  would  "give 

pl°sr?si?  *S  S'SSt  eyJ.S!  «„hSdi5».. 

what  is  beautiful  and  graceful  and  in  what  is  ugly  and  S^ote^e. 

»~»‘y  °»  «“  «”e«d  «<*”»• 

The  onlv  way  such  an  authority  could  be  obtained  is  by 
mass  and  arrangement. 

I  and*' the  °  e  due  at  i  onal 

&S  as°aesthetic°ta8te?Uthere^by  contributing^to^the  advance  of  our 
l  ndvdltzntion:  1 


(Signed-}  Carroll  Beckwith 


May  20,1916 


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,/ 


EDISON  KJOraaOPHONE  COMPANY, 
Orange,  N.J. 


June  26,  1916 


v/\ 


Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

You  are  hereby  notified  that  the  annual  meeting  of 
the  stockholders  of  Edison  Kinetophone  Company  will  be  held 
at  the  office  of  the  Company,  Edison  Laboratory,  Valley  Hoad 


corner  of  Lakeside  Avenue,  West  Orange,  N.J.,  on  Saturday, 

July  1st,  1916  at  ten  o'olook  in  the  forenoon  for  the  election 
of  directors  and  for  such  other  business  as  may  properly  oome 
before  the  meeting. 

Yours  faithfully. 


Eliciting  j&jli&i  ffie&ger 


PUBLIC  tSMi  LEDGER 


PUBLIC  LEDGER  COMPANY 


INDEPENDENCE  SQUARE 
PHILADELPHIA 


28th  June  1916 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,. , 

West  Orange,  M.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Enolosed  herewith  is  a  clipping  of 
our  recent  correspondence  with  you  and  with  Carroll 
Beokwith,  together  with  a  paragraph  of  explanation  of 
the  invention  whioh  is  needed  to  adjust  motion  picture 
machines  to  the  business  of  news  reproduction  of 


photographs. 

We  should  be  very  grateful  indeed 
if  you  can  set  your  expertry^o  work  along  the  line  in¬ 
dicated. 


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SECOND 

NATIONAL  EXPOSITION  of 
CHEMICAL  INDUSTRIES 

GRAND  CENTRAL  PALACE 
NEW  YORK  CITY 

WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER  25th,  1916 

Management!  INTERNATIONAL  EXPOSITION  CO. 


ADRIAAN  HAGELVOC 


Mr.  Thos.  A. 
Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 


Dr.  Jerome  Alexander,  who  has  probably  ctCu*** 

done  more  work  with  the  ultra-microscope  than  any  one  else 
in  Amerioa,  wishes  to  enlist  the  aid  of  the  Edison  Company 
in  preparing  motion  pioturee  of  sub j eots  under _theultra- 
miorosoope,  these  to  be  shown  at  the  National  Exposition 
of  Chemical  Industries  week  of  September  35th. 

I  am  writing  to  you  direct  with  the  hope 
that  you  may  help  him  out. 

Dr.  Alexander  is  willing  to  prepare  the 
ultra-mioroscope  and  carry  on  the  experiments. .  One 
very  remarkable  subject  that  he  has  demonstrated  is  the 
faot  that  a  simple  chemical  analysis  of  various  ^inds 
of  milk  gives  no  indication  whatever  of  the  value  of  the 
milk  as  a  food,  but  under  the  ultra-mioroscope  it  is 
demonstrated  vividly  and  clearly  that  by  t ;he  addition 
of  any  one  of  a  possible  hundred  °°Hoidal  afa 

oow's  milk  may  be  made  the  equal  of  mo .her 's  milk  as  a 
food,  for  infants.  This  oan  only  he  seen  with  the  ultra 
microscope,  and  it  seems  to  me  that  if  the  Edison  Company 
would  make  the  pictures  and  Dr.  Alexander  Pr®P^e  ^®  2 

microscope  and  experiments,  this  would  be  a  very  valuable 
contribution  to  modern  scientific  researoh. 

I  would  greatly  appreciate  hearing  from 
vou  in  regard  to  this. 

y  B  Very  truly  yours, 

NATIONAL  EXPOSITION  OF  CHEMICAL  INDUSTRIES 


ah/m 


Manager 


ing  that  their  client,  Mr.  George  Bennet 
Bowell  of  31  Madeira  Read,  Margate,  Kent, 
England,  haa  aeen  the  deeoription  of  your 
auper-dreadnaught  kinetosoepe  published  in 
the  issue  of  the  Motion  Pioture  News  dated 
December  18,  1915  and  that  Mr.  Bowell  con¬ 
siders  that  the  film  moving  mechanism  de¬ 
scribed  in  said  issue  of  the  Motion  Pioture 
News  infringes  the  claims  of  his  Patent.  Ho. 
1,160,970,  patented  November  16,  1915. 

We  must  accordingly  warn  you  on  behalf 
of  Mr.  Bowell  not  to  undertake  the  manufacture 
of  any  more  film  moving • mechani am  according 


to  the  disclosure  in  his  Patent  before  men¬ 
tioned  and  not  to  place  on  the  market  any  such 
mechanism,  or  machines  embodying  such  mechan¬ 
ism  which  have  already  been  fully  or  partly 
constructed,  until  receiving  Mr.  Bov/ell 1  s  per¬ 
mission. 

It  may  be  that  Mr.  Bcvvell  will 
lioenae  the  holders  of  any  maohines  now  in 
operation, or  already  wholly  or  partly  con¬ 
structed,  at  a  small  royalty,  but  as  to  this 
we  oannct  say  positively. 

If  you  have  any  reason  to  advance 
as  to  why  you  believe  your  mechanism  does 
not  infringe  the  terms  of  Mr.  Bcwell»s  Patent 
aforesaid,  we  shall  be  glad  to  know  your  views 
on  this  point. 

Yours  very  truly. 


ASD/MER 


Department,  ycu  will  notice  that  the  date  cf  Mr. 
Sowell' a  Patent  is  quite  recent  and  it  is  possible 
that  this  search  wae  made  prior  to  the  publication 
cf  hie  Patent. 

We  note  that  ycu  have  retired  from  the  in¬ 
dustry.  In  this  connection,  if  it  is  net  too  muoh 
trouble,  -we  beg  that  ycu  write  us  in  reply  to  this 
letter  and  let  us  know  if  the  article  in  the  Motion 
Pioture  Hews  referred  to  in  cur  previous  letter,  was 
the  description  of  an  apparatus  manufactured  by  ycu. 

It  is  of  course  possible  that  the  article 
and  apparatus  referred  to  were  put  out  by  some  cor¬ 
poration  having  the  right  to  use  your  name,  but  which 


is  in  fact  a  distinct  entity. 

Thanking  ycu  in  advance,  we 

Ycurs  very  truly, 


asd/mer 


‘b- 


July  26,1916.  <- 

KH.  TH0HA8.A.  EDI  SON: - 

In  answer  to  your  question  of  what  I 
think  of  a  biographical  motion  picture  of  yourself 
to  be  made  by  the  Vitagraph  Company,  let  me  say 
that  I  think  if  anybody  is  to  make  such  a  picture,  our 
own  Company  should  do  it.  We  have  in  our  organization 
men  who  have  known  you  for  a  great  many  years,  such 
as  Gall  and  others,  and  we  could  control  absolutely 
^every  scene  and  every  episode  that  went  into  this 
pioture  if  we  made  it  ourselves.  I,  personally,  have 
had  such  a  picture  in  mind  for  a  long  time  and  have 
been  collecting  data  from  time  to  time,  pictures  and 
aneodotes,  which  would  fit  very  readily  into  this 
picture,  I  think  Mr.  Blackton  should  be  answered 
that  we  have  been  contemplating  for  some  time  suoh  a 
picture  made  by  our  own  Company,  and  have  been  gathering 
this  data,  so  that  there  will  be  no  question  as  to 
jwho  evolved  the  idea  when, or  if  we  ever  do, make  such  a 
jpioture,  /I 

CHARLES  EDISON. 


Thomas  A. Edison  Esq 
Menlo  Park,N.J. 


iLtq- 

July  28th  1916.  „  gs.  Jbu-*  *+ 

J-yhf 

Dear  Sir:-  A  SUGGESTION  -  4sK\ftT  SUltr.H.UOUsJ  C_ 

I  have  understood  that, for  a  long  tine  past, inventors /yourself 
among  the  number .have  been  endeavoring  to  synchronize  the  Roving 
picture  film  with  the  phonograph  record.  It  is  probably  necessary, m 
order  to  effect  this, that  the  taking  must  be  synchronous.  Now, inasmuch 
as  the  picture  film  is  taken  in  a  direct  line, ribbon  form, the  sound 
record  must  be  also.  In  other  words.a  strip  like  the  tape  in  a  broker’s 
ticker.  But  even  though  taken  simultaneously  the  slightest  error  in 
adjustment  would  spoil  the  reproduction.  Therefore  it  would  bo  necessary 
for  both  .records  to  be  on  the  same  Strip.  Is  it  not  possible  for  the 
sound  indentations  to  be  made  on  material  suitable  for  photo  negatives  » 
And  could  not  the  record  be  made  in  a  straight  line  on  the  margin  of  the 
picture  negative  by  a  machine  contained  in  the  same  box  and  operated  by 
the  same  winding  ,  If  this  could  be  done  it  seems  to  me  it  would  solve 
the  problem. 

This  would  only  be  feasible  in  picture  dramas, and  not  in  spectacular 
pictures.  But  look  at  the  field 

It  ha.  boon  aussooted  to  that  the  foot  of  the  aound.  oo.lns  fro, 
tho  back  of  the  houao  would  oonctltut.  an  objection.  But  Sk  uolnB  a 
aoubl.  fll-  (  one  b,  the  .Ido  of  tbo  oor.on)  with  ...banlc.l  connection, 
would  obvlato  thin  difficult,.  Then  think  what  a  snide  to  the  not.  of 
speed  of  operation  the  voice  would  be 


8;  b&JWkJSar*' 


August  7,  1916. 


Replying  to  your  rioueFion:  / 

"Do  we  have  these  on  hpnd?" 

on  my  memorandum  of o^an^fiv^reSlpiotures^would’^now  advise 
Jury  on  SO  three,  four  and  *  9  ?  tureB  on  hand,  inasmuch 

Y.n«i  tivna  whioh  me  is  to  take  from  these  negatives 

r.  js-r^as*^ s 

help  keep  our  positive  film  plant  running. 

if  there  is  any  further  information  you  desire  concerning 
thiB  “iH,  3w  to  «u>  it »  wob*. 


CO  to  Messrs.  Stevens,  Charles  Edison  and  Mamhert. 


The  Great  Belingwe  Gold  Mine. 


vk 

nas  E.  Edison,  Esqr,  (  If  ^  L‘"  ‘  ^  f  I  /\ 

^caU,x  tki  — ^ 

Memo  Part,  'qX~l^,  CL  /  '  IU..U- 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  ^  .  _, 

I  have  conceived  an  idea  for  synchronizing  the  phonograph 
with  the  cinematograph  and. -herewith  beg  to  o^Cer  sane  to  you  in  con¬ 
sideration  that  I  race ive'half  the  nett  profits  of  the  royalties, 

.  i  jc  ^s>  ct~ *.A..**j  ^^-^.4.4 

V-/iv/^njC-  /VvC-cr«6-<  LASrC.  V  /  , 

etc,  derived  from  the  patents  of  such  invention,  or  I  am  prepared  to 
receive  a  cash  offer  for  same  should  you  favourably  consider  the  / 
invention  worthy  of  consideration. iC  *t  J 


Orange,  New  Jersey. 


I  have  taken  out  provigipnal  protection  on  sane  and  have’ 
enclosed  herewith  the  provisional  specification  for] your  personal 
perusal.  My  patent  lawyer  has  advised  ne  to  3en^-fhif  V0U*itbout 
drawings ,  as  he  considers  that  befl 

much  better  able  to  decide  the  btst  arrangements  of  the  details  for 
-<-r  £■**** 

narrvinv  out  the  invention  in  a  practical!  way ,  and  that  any  draftings 

Xttv-w^wft  it  cW-wte-A;  - 

uld  be  mere  sketches  and  suggestions 

and  even  in  Johannesburg  we  cannot  find  an  expert! in  thi3  particular 


Clas3  of  draughtmanship. 

Personally  I  think  I  have  hit  the  right  idea,  and  not  only 
have  I  succeeded  in  synchronizing  the  cinematograph  and  phonograph, 
but  I  have  also  improved  the  latter  so  that  it  will  give  a  much  greater 
volume  of  sound  than  formally  by  using  my  tape  record  and  multiple 
diaphragm  sound  box,  by  which  means  three  or  more  groj/es^sound  wave 
record  can  be  cut  at  once  and  the  equalivent  of  three^sound  boxes  can 
be  made  to  reproduce  the  sounds  with  the  multiple  diaphragms,  there 


being  a  diaphragm  for  each  groove  so  cut. 

My  invention  is  briefly  to  make  the  engraving  or  the  cutting 
of  the  sound  waves  on  or  alongside  the  picture  film  as  the  latter  is 
being  taken,  so  that  the  picture  and  the  soundwaves  are  practically 
photographed  at  the  same  time  and  can  likewise  be  reproduced^  but 
instead  of  taking  a  single  groove  phono  record  have  a  number  of  grooves 
the  recorder  or  reproducer  to  have  an  isolated  vibrating  diaphragm  for 
each  groove  but  all  enclosed  within  one  housing  with  a  separate  outlet 
for  the  sound  waves  for  each  diaphragm  to  the  horn  or  horns. 

I  thought  of  using  for  the  phono  record  a  separate  detachable 
band  of  aluminia  attached  to  the  side  of  the  film,  as  it  would  be 
strong,  durable  and  lifcht,  but  you  would  know  which  would  be  the  best 
material  for  this  purpose. 

If  you  should  think  this  lnv.ntlon  northy  of  your  oonsid.r- 
ation ,  I  .ould  bn  pi.-  «  lou  «ould  kindly  lot  ~  Vno.  as  .arly  ». 


3. 

possible  to  enable  me  to  do  something  with  it  before  the  provisional 
protection  expires,  which  is  next  March,  if  you  could  cable  me  your 
decision  I  would  be  glad. 

In  case  of  your  taking  up  the  matter  and  in  regards  to  the 
world  wide  patents,  I  would  prefer  you  to  take  them  out,  the  cost  of 
same  to  be  derived  from  the  first  profits  if  you  decide  upon  the 
half  nett  profit  system,  or  in  case  of  your  making  me  a  cash  offer, 
you  purchase  the  invention  as  it  now  stands  and  take  out  the  patents 
after  it  has  bean  ceded  to  you. 

Hoping  that  you  will  favourably  consider  this  matter. 

I  beg  to  remain, 

Yours  faithfully 


J  W0to  '•aw 

Omaha,  Meb.  ' 


Thos.  A.  Edisoi 
Change. 

N.  Jt 


Sept,  ^j,  1916. 

<^Lu  \boJr  1 

! 

^  ^  uwrr^  UU"-H  1 

K— *  uti,M  «4vi 

I  want  to  write  to  you  regarding  ; 

or  the  multiple  production  and 


I  want  to  write  to  ydu  regarding 
my  "Twinoscope"  or  the  multiple  production  and 
presentation  of  a  single  subiect  in  motion 
pictures,  by  means  of  a  double  screen,  twice 
as  large  as  those  used  at  the  present  time, 
with  a  dividing  line  -in  the  center,  end :  apuhle 


I  have  experimented  very  success-  ] 
fully  with  the  double  presentation  of  separate^ 
subjects  on  a  twin  screen,  which  has  proven  ,  j  '  - 
quite  e  novelty,  but  the  ideal  would  be  the 
making  of  a  single  subject  for  the  purpose  of 
presenting  it  on  the  double  screen.  It  could 
possibly  oe  done  on  a  single  film  providing 
that  the  new  machines  could  be  invented  to  J 

take  the  pictures  with  separate  scenes  on  a  / 
single  stock. 

It  could  certainly  be  done  by  using 
two  films  and  two  separate  cameras  in  taking  the 
different  scenes  by  synchronizing  the  films 
in  the  assembling  of  same.  The  machine  could 
be  a  specially  constructed  machine,  or  a  twin 
machine  with  variation  speed  for  each. 

You  understand  that  instead  of 
developing  the  production  on  a  single  screen 
as  at  the  present  time  and  taking  the  subject 
off  the  screen  to  insert  titles  and  sub- titles, 
under  the  new  way,  the  production  vrould  be 
unfolding  itself  on  the  screen  continuously 


on  both  sides  of  the  center  dividing  line  of  the  twin 
screen. 

It  is  possible  that  one  side  of  the  twin  screen 
could  be  used  to  unfold  the  drama  without  any  stop  what¬ 
ever  until  the  end  and  that  the  left  side  would  be  used 
for  the  continuation  and  further.  Qes 

started  on  the  one  side,  also  for  titles,  sub-titles 
and  flash-backs.  Thus  a  six  reel  PT^hirit  is^Sne 
unfolded  i  n  exactly  one  half  the  time  that  it  is  con 
n)-  the  nresent  time,  and  no  doubt  would  be  tne  only 
great Novelty  that  could  be  found  in  the  motion  picture 

business  J^®o®npictures  were  first  presented,  one 

p?esentntimeCr90$  S^thfproductions^that  are  on  the 

moment  it  appears,  and  two-  scenes  could  be  easily 
grasped  instantly,  just  as  easily  as  one,  when  it  pertains 
to  the  same  subject. 

I  have  been  experimenting  for  the  last  three 
years,  from  time  to  time,  on  this  proposition  and  I 
beleive  that  the  idea  is  a  good  ontfor  big  theatres 
a  double  screen  could  not  be  used  in  a  small  theatre. 

I  have  consulted  different  patent  attorneys 
but  most  of  them  defer  their^opinion,  as  to  whether 
,h.  id.,  i.  to  JTM.  tMnljijg 

you  might  be  interested,  and  also  knowing  that  your 
opinion  will  be  based  upon  your  great  knowledge  and 

practicle  experiment.,  posaibly^  don, 

the* ide^to  an,  3S5J  m-  »nufacturer.  yet.  and  rill 
not  until  I  hear  from  you. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kindness, 

I  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


LEDOUX 


Mr.  A.  F.  Wagner, 

Manager,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Limited, 
London,  V.,  England. 


Bear  Mr.  Wagners 

Hr.  Wilscn  and  X  have  had  several  conferences  of  late 
in  roforonoo  to  the  advisability  of  cloaing  out  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Limited,  London;  this  on  ao count  of  the  Motion  pioture  Biviaion 
having  discontinued  the  issuance  of  films  for  general  release. 

It  was  decided  that  beforo  prison ting  the  matter  to  Ur. 
Edison  for  his  decision,  to  oonfer  with  the  Executive  Oommittee 
of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  -  Messrs.  C.H.Wllson,  Charles 
Edison  and  S.B.Honbart.  At  the  oonferanoe  it  was  the  unanimous 
opinion  of  all  present  that  in  view  of  present  conditions,  there 
wae  no  alternative  than  to  recomr.end  to  Hr.  Edison  that  tho  London 
Office  ha  oloood. 

Tho  doolnion  of  the  Exeontive  Committee  was  submitted  to 
Hr.  Edison  by  Hr.  Wilson  in  the  form  of  a  memorandum  and  Mr.Edison 
returned  tho  menorsndun  With  the  following  natation  thoreons 

»I  approve  of  closing  tho  London  Offioe,  retaining  Hr. 
Wagner  aa  our  representative.  When  I  soy  "closing1’  I  mean 
the  absolute  closing,  so  wo  only  have  rjr.Wagnor  and  a  cheap 
Secretary. « 

in  ordor  to  comply  with  Mr.  Edison's  instructions,  please 
sub-let  that  portion  of  tho  building  thioh  you  now  occupy  and  take 
imnediata  steps  to  reduoe  your  office  foroo  as  rapidly  as  poaBlble. 

It  is  possible  that  in  sub-letting  the  premises,  you  may  bo  able  to 
retain  an  offioe  in  the  building,  but  if  not,  you  could  rent  a  small 
offioe,  sufficiently  lores  for  your  needs,  in  another  building.  Fur¬ 
ther,  you  Bhould  endeavor  bb  soon  as  possible  to  reduoe  your  expensos 
to  a  mlninnan. 


In  view  of  the  very  effioient  manner  in  whioh  you  hove 
conducted  the  affairs  of  thB  London  Offioe,  you  are  to  be  retained 
as  our  representative  in  Ore  at  Britain  to  look  after  our  several 
interests  in  that  territory  and  at  the  oloae  of  the  present  European 
war,  we  Bhall  undoubtedly  make  use  of  your  services  in  conneotlon 


Mr.  A.  P.  Wagner 


Sopt.  7th,  1916. 


with  tha  exploitation  of  the  Edincn  Diamond  DiBO  Phonographs  and 
Records,  and  in  other  matters  whioh  may  come  op  from  time  to  time. 

It  would  be  quite  impossible  for  us  to  issue  detailed 
instructions  at  this  end  as  to  tho  method  of  prooeedure  you  should 
follow  in  closing  out  tho  London  Office,  but  bearing  in  mind  Ur. 
Edison's  instructions,  yb  must  necessarily  depend  on  you  to  follow 
hiB  instructions.  After  giving  this  matt or  careful  consideration, 
we  would  ask  you  to  cominmi  onto  with  ub  outlining  in  detail  what 
action  you  will  take  in  tho  matter  of  immediately  reducing  your 
working  force  and  expenses,  and  wo  are  sure  that  you  will  render 
every  possible  assistance  in  following  Ur.  Edison's  instructions. 

At  the  present  time  Thomas  A.  Edlacn,  Limitod,  has  sever¬ 
al  agreements  with  the  Jury  Company  to  complete,  and  aside  from  that, 
you  are  obtaining  sane  film  business  covering  back  releases  and  fea¬ 

ture  subjects.  As,  however,  all  positive  prints  aro  supplied  from 
Orange,  we  assume  that  very  little  help  will  be  needed  to  oariy  on 
the  business. 

We  regret  the  necessity  of  issuing  tho  above  instructions 
to  you,  but  in  view  of  conditions  as  existing  in  the  film  business 
at  the  present  time  and  tho  very  little  proepoots  of  our  supplying 
films  which  vould  bo  available  for  general  release  in  Groat  Britain, 
in  our  judgemont  it  vould  be  poor  buainos;.  to  maintain  an  offioe  in 
Great  Britain  and  run  asmo  at  a  loss. 


Very  truly  yours. 


Manager,  Export  Division. 


C.C.  to  Mr.  Edison,  C.H.Wilson,  Charles  Edison  and  g.Bdiambert. 


Lu»u« 

.1  C/. .  ifi-H  .•‘•-v-Cv  » 


May  I  beg  to  ask  a  very  personal,  confidential 
favor  of  you,  in  view  of .  our  business  connection  (E.S.E.Co.),„,,? 

L.4-  V  hjiAA<nw»-£-A*t  tiinavK'u.-U 

Our  netr/Jf.  W.  C.  6T  building  is  just  complied-  ^  ^ 

and  will  be  dedicated  next  *,1/" 

them  with  an  Edison  phonograph- floetteE  one  than  I  can  afford— 

inif dw aift r€o°isi  ifdyou  twiiTeaut£oriz!cyour  foca°l  ajjeni,  Bafyejt FMarni-  ^ 

ture  Co.,  Van  Viert,  Ohio,  tojjetime  hd'iey.&at Jibe  wholesale  price, 

for  the  reason  that  it  is  foK^^C^'H.  purely  pbilanthropic  *  ~ 

institution  and  not  a  money-making  concern  ?  Mr.  Balyeat  is  a  close.  ^ 

personal  friend  of  mine,  very  close-mouthed  ana  maxes  no  breaks.  c_ 

If,  however,  you  would  prefer  that  the  concession  be  known  to  absolutely 
no  one  but  myself  and  your  company,  hew  would  it  be  for  me  to  pay  Me. 

Ealyeat  the  full  price  without-  question,  and  upon  my  mailing  you  a  du¬ 
plicate  of  his  recipt  in  full,  you  mail  me  your  remittance  covering 
the  discount  cf  the  amount  of  my  curci-ase  ?  You  could  depend  abso¬ 
lutely  upon  my  destroying  at  once  any  correspondence  in  relation  thereto 
and  nothing  further  would  be  heard  or  known  of  it. 

While  a  few  choice  families  here  have  the  Edison, 
the  Victrola  is  in  much  larger  use,  owing  bo  its  being  first  in  the  field. 

Vfitfc  a  superior  selection  of  records,  such  as  I  feel  capable  of  making, 
after  a  lifetime  of  attention  to  music,  I  am  sure  tbe  Edison  would  get. 
very  large  and  favorable  advertising,  for  this  is  the  finest  and  most, 
complete  County  X.  ? i.  C.  A.  in  the  United  States.  I  should  be  very 
glad  to  bear  from  you  by  return  mail,  if  you  can  make  it  convenient, 
as  I  wish  to  act  at  once  if  at  all,  in  time  for  the  dedication,  or  very 
soon  thereafter. 

On  next  page,  I  will  ask  your  advice  in  a  matter 
of  which  I  am  quite  ignorant  from  a  technical  standpoint,  and  I  believe 
you  will  care  to  enlighten  me  in  a  word  or  two.  If  you  will  treat 
the  two  subjects  (phonograph  and  motion  pictures)  on  separate  sheets, 

I  can  destroy  tbe  former  as  soon  as  it  shall  have,  served  its  private  purpose. 


jrved  its  private  purpose. 


,  A.  ft.  iz 


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I  <cAA‘l'*'4<'  '■~t" 

(i«J  !  not  .vest -installed, 

The  Y.  IS.  C.  A.  have  boughta  motion  picture  machine, 
ana  have  had  various  advice  as  to  purchasing  a' compensarc  for  use 
in  place  of  rheostat,  to  reduce  the  voltage  and  consumption  of  current, 
(60  to  80  percent  ?)  or,  purchasing  a  motor-generator  for  the  advan¬ 
tages  of  direct  current,  which  are  stated  to  be  as  follows  :  the  flicker 
originating  at  the  light  source  is  eliminated  to  practically  the  last 
degree— the  light'  would  be  steadier,  40  to  50%  brighter,  the  work  of 


the  operator  considerably  reduced  in  the  matter  of  maintaining  a  steady 
arc,  the  noise  considerably  less  and  current  could  be  increased 
to  get  40  amperes  at  the  arc,  in  case  of  dark  pictures.  These 

reasons  are  given,  however,  by  a  mfr.  of  motor-generators,  one  of  which 
is  listed  at  S217,  a  big  extra  cost  for  a  Y.Vi.to  pay,  unless  justified. 


Most  motion  pictures  given  here  (A.C.  only)  strain  my  eyes, 
and  it  would  be  a  part  of  the  humanitarian  purposes  of  this  institution 
to  help  people  rather  than  harm  them,  so  that  if  the  advantages  from 
D.  C.  are  really  very  material  I  should  advise  the  purchase  of  a  motor- 
gBnerator.  May  I  ask,  also,  if  the  cost  of  current  would  be  greater 
than  in  using  A.  0.  with  compensarc,  and  also  if  the  mot. -gen. would 
be  more  expensive  and  troublesome  to  maintain  than  a  compensarc  ? 


You  Deed  not.  be  told  that  you  are  the  final  authority  on 
these  subject. sand  I  shall  appreciate  your  advice  accordingly. 
Awaiting  your  valued  reply  with  n;uch  interest,  I  remain 


gox  351  Very  cordially  yours. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


September  28th. 1916. 


Mr.  Gall: 

I  am  sending  you  the  second  sheet  of  a 
letter  written  by  Mr.  A.  I.  Clymer  to  Mr.  Edison. 

He  asks  some  questions  about  a  motion  picture 
machine.  Mr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  send  me  a  memo¬ 
randum  which  I  can  use  to  Answer  his  letter. 

This  gentleman  is  a  personal  friend, 
and  Mr.  Edison  wants  this  letter  replied  to  rery 
promptly,  so  will  you  please  send  me  your  memorandum 
by  return  mail  without  fail. 

W.  H.  MEADOWCHOPT. 


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Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 


Arrangements  have  been  completed  for  a  delegation  repre- 

-5sfe»i«s;r.*s£ 

Clnb,  West  Orange,  H.  J.  on  Saturday  next,  the  7th  inst.,  at 

Ur.  Everett  Colby,  representing  the  National  Republican 

the^latter  to  deliver  the  main  address,  outling  the  Association  s 
position  on  the  subject  of  censorship. 

It  is  earnestly  desiredJhat'Mr.  Thomas  A.  ^ison,  should 
.  *  ■Vl,_  tlmo  mld  i.-taSe  pleasure  in  convoying  this  in-  \  \/> 

vitation  on  behalf  of  the-Association  and  Senator  Colby  in  tli^Ijope  vv  jj  / 
that  Mr.  Edison  may  £iii&  it  convenient  to  be  presen  .  Jy'  ^  j( 

Trustin^to  hear  favorably  from  you,  1 
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October  9,  1916. 


;a?'«  Kennedy : 

I' enclose  herewith  a  memorandum  from  iir.  l.V/. 
HcChesnoy,  in  regard  to  a  piece  of  film  covering  some 
scones  taken  by  Pa  the  j-’reros  on  ;'<r.  Mison’s  recent  camp- 
inf--  trip-  I  have  this  film  in  the  vottMfc..  ns  you  will 
see,  iir.  Edison  would  like  to  have  -it  run  for  him. 

-  At  the  same  tii.io  I  think  he  would  like  to  £oe 
the  film  showing  the  visit  of  the  Old  Kirae  Solographors 
a  xqt v  clays  ago*  I  boll  vo  *bhaJo  iir  •  Jamicon  iioo  thic  iiXxn* 
Will,  you  please  obtain  it  from  him  then  we  can  arrange  to 
run  both  for  «r.  jidicon.-  Plot  so  give  i'r.  Jamison  a  receipt 
for  the  film,  as  :.r.  Miaou  will  want-  to  -keep  it  in  the 


Mr.  Edison, 


doing  so  should  you  for  any  reason  of  your  own  prefer  that  I  should 
not.  I  had  thought  that  I  should  like  to  include  something  like 
this,  in  our  daily  newspaper  announcements  : 

“The  fourteen  hundred  members  of  the  Y.  W.  C.  A.  will 
be  delighted  to  learn  that  Arthur  1.  Clymer  is  arranging 
to  present  them  with  a  splendid  Edison  phonograph  and 
twenty-five  of  the  choicest  records.  Mr.  Edison  has 
proposed  to  participate  in  this  gift,  by  donating  the 
dealer's  profit  on  the  sale,  in  compliment  to  his  personal 
friend  Mr.  Clymer.  The  Edison  Company’s  rules  in 
rgard  to  dealers  adhering  to  the  catalog  price  are  exceed¬ 
ingly  stringent,  and  Mr.  Edison  remits  to  the  donor  his 
personal  check  covering  the  amount  of  the  Ealyeat  Furniture 
Co.’s  margin,  independently  of  the  sale  as  regularly  made 
by  them.  This  identification  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  the 
world's  greatest  inventive  genius,  with  the  Van  Wert  County 
Y.  W.  C.  A.  is  indeed  a  proud  honor  and  one  that  will  be 
appreciated  accordingly.” 

Hot  one  word  has  been  said  or  written  to  a  soul  regarding 
your  generous  proposal  and  even  should  the  above  announcement  he 
consented  to  by  you,  the  amount  of  the  dealer’s  profit  shall  never 
be  known  here  by  anyone  save  myself  and  the  dealer  (a  splendid 
personal  friend  who  would  fee  greatly  interested  to  see  your  cheek.) 
I  shall  not  bank  it  here,  but  directly  with  a  Chicago  banking  firm, 
who  will  know  nothing  of  the  purpose  of  the  check.  I  shall  see 
to  it  that  you  will  never  have  any  regret  in  connection  with  this 
gift.  When  I  pay  Mr.  Balyeat,  I  shall  ask  for  duplicate  receipts 
in  full  and  enclose  one  to  you.  Will  you  kindly  advise  me  as  to 

your  approval  of  my  plan  above.  I  trust  that  I  have  not  strained 

things  any  in  presuming  to  refer  to  myself  as  your  personal  friend. 
Also,  that  I  have  not  worn  you  completely  out  in  tellfng  you  about 
our  Y.  SV.  C.  A. 

And  now,  as  to  the  Y.  ff.  motion-picture  show.  With  your 
characteristic  thoroughness,  you  have  taken  the  pains  to  give  me  a 
most  lucid  comparison  of  A.  C.  and  D.  C.  for  this  purpose  and  I  am 


Mr.  Edison,  #3 


of  course  completely  convinced  of  the  advantages  of  the  direct  current. 
With  a  throw  of  but  70  feet,  a  12  16  screen  in  mind,  an  almost 

direct  projection  and  the  direct  current,  it  seems  that  our  pictures 
will  be  like  our  building  and  our  phonograph  —  perfect  !  I  have 
wondered,  however,  if,  in  view  of  the  above  conditions,  a  10'0"  *  13' 4" 
picture  would  be  preferable  to  a  12'  x  16". 

As  it  happens,  your  first  page  treats  exclusively  of  our 
private  matter  (the  phonograph),  so  I  shall  take  the  liberty  of 
reading  the  2d  and  3d  pages  and  showing  the  two  drawings  to  my 
committee,  as  to  the  D.  C.  for  pictures,  and  I  know  bow  impressed 
and  delighted  they  will  be  with  advice  from  the  fountainhead  of 
electrical  information. 

Awaiting  your  further  reply  and  with  my  sincerest 
appreciation,  I  remain 


P.S.:  If  you  should  not  be  familiar  with  the  operation  of  Christian 
associations,  it  might  interest  you  to  know  that  philanthropic  insti¬ 
tutions  of  this  character  do  not  begin  to  pay  expenses.  Unendowed 
Y.k.  and  Y.  W.  C.  A. 's  (and  ours  has  none  whatever  and  the  promise  of 
none, )  can  pay  only  65  to  75%  of  their  running  expenses  with  their 
income,  which  is  from  membership  and  class  fees  only.  So  you  see 
that  our  Y,W.,  with  its  1400  members,  is  not  in  position,  as  you  might 
think,  to  buy  its  own  phonograph.  If  they  don’t  receive  one  as  a 
gift,  they  wont  get  any.  fhe  Victor  local  agent  offered  to  loan 
them  one,  no  doubt  hoping  someone  wouid  present  it,  but  we’ll  fix  it 
so  that  there  will  be  no  need  of  borrowing  a  machine. 


A.I.C. 


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December  5,  1916 


ry  dear  Hr.  Townsend : 

•  Hr.  LlcChesnoy,  of  my  notion  Picture  Division,  has 
informed  me  of  your  willingness  to  aid  us  in  the  prepas a- 
tion  and  plioto-raphing  of  motion  pictures  of  some  of  the 
curious  fish  in  the  Aquarium.  I  am  sure  such  films  will 
prove  of  unusual  interest  for  our  purposes.  LUny  thought¬ 
ful  people  have  joined  us  in  the  propaganda  to  proauce 
better  films ’of  educational  interest,  ana  I  an  confident 
you  will  not  regret  your  part  in  the  undertaking. 

Yours  sincerely, 

(3igneu)  'i'hos.  A.  Edison 


Dr.  C.  11.  tovrasend, 
Director, 

She  Aquarium, 
Battery  Paric, 

Hew  York  City. 


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December  6,  1916 


I-Y  dear  Dr.  Chapeau: 

I  should  like  your  co-operation  in  connection  with 
plans  ’.vo  have  for  the  production  and  distribution  of  a 
series  of  special  educational  motion  pictures  for  you un¬ 
people. 

7,’ith  your  permission,  LIr.  IlcChesuoy,  who  has  charge 
of  my  Hotion  picture  Division,  will  outline  the  hind  of 
co-operation  we  should  like  to  have  from  you,  ana  the 
American  .Museum  of  natural  history.  if  you  can  see  your 
way  clear  to  oxtona  that  co-oporation,  i  shall  f.-ol  that 
you  are  aiding  mo  to  prove  what  a  great  factor  the  motion 
picture  can  be  nt.ae  in  the  education  of  the  young  people  of 
our  country. 

Yours  sincerely, 

(Signed)  2hos.  a.  Edison 


Dr.  Prank  Chapman, 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Name  Use  (E-16-59) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
the  authorized  and  unauthorized  use  of  Edison's  name  for  advertising, 
trademark,  and  other  purposes.  Among  the  items  for  1 91 6  are  communications 
from  Delos  Holden,  general  counsel  of  the  Legal  Dept.,  explaining  company 
policy  in  regard  to  the  use  of  the  Edison  name  in  unrelated  business  lines, 
along  with  a  marginal  notation  by  Edison  in  response  to  an  inquiry  about  an 
"Edison  ointment." 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  declined  requests  to  name  things  after  Edison,  such 
as  bands,  cigars,  and  motor  cars;  notices  of  clubs  and  schools  named  in  his 
honor;  and  correspondence  by  and  about  children  named  after  him,  some  of 
which  was  acknowledged  by  a  form  letter. 


I  hand  you  herewith  two  letters  from  Mrs. 

M.  Spangler  of  Camden,  H.  J., and  copy  of  a  letter  that 
I  wrote  to  her.  It  looks  to  me  as  though  there  are  con¬ 
stantly  a  number  of  fakirs  using  Mr.  Edison's  name.  In 
this  case  it  doe6  not  seem  to  have  been  advertised,  so 
I  do  not  see  what  we  can  do  about  it.  I  think  it  would 
be  a  good  thing,  to  subscribe  to  a  few  of  the  cheap  mail 
order  papers  and  have  somebody  run  over  the  advertise¬ 
ments  from  time  to  time.  Ifhatdo  you  think  about  that 
proposition? 


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Mrs.  M.  Spangler, 

700  Hew  Street, 

Camden,  H.  J. 

Dear  Madam: 

Your  favor  of  the  8th  instant  to  Mr. 
Edison  has  been  received-  He  requests  us  to  write 
and  say  to  you  that  he  is  not  the  maker  of  the 
scissors  sharpener.  Shis  article  must  be  made 
by  some  other  person  named  Edison.  He  wishes  us 
to  ask  you  whether  you  saw  an  advertisement,  and 
if  so,  would  you  kindly  tell  us  where  you  saw  it. 
Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 


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Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  May  15,  1916.  V/e  do  not 
ordinarily  look  for  cases  of  this  kind  as  there  is  no  way  T^which 
we  can  stop  persons  from  using  the  name  Edison  where  they  are  not 
engaged  in  the  same  line  of  business  as  we  are  and  where  they  use 
simply  the  surname  alone.  Our  practice  is  not  to  do  anything  \inless 
the  matter  is  called  to  our  attention  especially  in  the  form  of 
an  advertisement,  hut  even  then  we  cannot  do  much  except  to  either 

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who  were  supposed  to  he  manufacturing  the  Edison  Electric  Sharpener, 
hut  was  not  able  to  locate  them.  As  I  have  previously  stated  to  you, 
however,  I  do  not  see  that  we  would  he  able  to  do  anything  to  this 
conoern  even  if  we  should  find  them  so  long  as  they  do  not  use 
Mr.  Edison's  portrait  or  portrait  signature  or  full  name,  that  is, 
we  cannot  prevent  them  from  using  simply  the  word  EDISON  in  connection 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Naval  Consulting  Board  (E-16-60) 


This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  position  as  chair  of  the  Naval  Consulting  Board  (NCB).  Among  the 
items  for  1916  is  a  letter  from  Walter  S.  Nunnelly,  a  Tennessee  cattle  farmer 
and  merchandise  dealer  who  had  hosted  Edison  during  his  search  for  cobalt 
in  1906.  Also  included  are  letters  by  Paul  J.  Kruesi,  son  of  machinist  and 
longtime  Edison  associate  John  Kruesi,  pertaining  to  efforts  by  Chattanooga 
to  be  selected  as  the  location  for  an  armor  plate  plant.  The  correspondents 
include  Secretary  of  the  Navy  Josephus  Daniels,  Rear  Admiral  Joseph  Strauss 
of  the  Department  of  the  Navy's  Bureau  of  Ordnance,  NCB  secretary  Thomas 
Robins,  and  Edison's  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  The 
unselected  items  include  unsolicited  requests,  ideas,  and  speculative  letters 
marked  for  no  answer;  printed  forms  from  the  U.S.  Navy;  and  routine  letters  of 
transmittal  without  enclosures. 


Related  material  can  be  found  in  the  "1916  Correspondence"  folders  in 
the  Naval  Consulting  Board  and  Related  Wartime  Research  Papers,  Special 
Collections  Series. 


I  find  the  Committee Non  Aeronautics  of  the  naval 
Consulting  Board  did  invite  represeSrtayives  of  practically 
all  the  large  aeroplane  companies  ofytXe  United.  States  to 
attend  a  meeting  held  at  the  Sngineerlwig  Societies  Bldg, 

Hew  York  City,  iast  week. 

Ho thing  was  said  to  you,  as  Chairman  of  the  Board, 
that  such  a  meeting  was  to  he  held. 

It  seems  to  me  as  Chairman  of  the  Board,  you  should 
know  that  such  an  important  meeting  is  to  he  held,  because  I 
could  go  in  and  see  what's  goin?  on,  and  keep  you  posted. 

I  suggest  it  would  he  a  good  scheme  to  write  a 
letter  to  Hobins,  politely  suggesting “that  you  he  notified 
when  any  such  important  meeting  as  that  is  to  he  held  in  future. 

I  understand  the  Aeronat'ical  Society  is  very  much 
upset  because  they  were  not  invited  to  attend  the  conference, 
whereas  the  Society  of  Aeronautical  Engineers  did  participate. 

If  that  hunch  in  the  Board  gets  hailing  things  up  so  that 
engineering  societies  will  he  fussing  am-ong  themselves,  with 
the  personal  equation  so  strong  as  it  is  on  the  subject  of 
being  against  the  Aeronautical  Society,  it  will  cause  friction 
in  the  Board. 


You,  as  Chairman,  should  he  apprised  of  any- 
meeting  in  which  outside  people  are  to  he  called,  and  such  meeting 
as  that  should  have  your  sanction  before  it  can  he  held. 


^  AVAIL  COiNTSlILTIN  G  BOARD 

OF  THE  EXITED  STATES 

OFFICE  OF  THE  SECRETARY 

13  Park  How,  New  York 

Juno  1,  19X6. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  H-  J- 

Bear  Sir: 

After  the  Preparedness  Parade  I  obtained  from  all  the 
professional  photographers  samples  of  the  pictures  that  they  took 
of  the  Consulting  Board..;  As  a  general  view,  the  most  satisfactory 
picture  was  the  6ne  of  which  I  mailed  a  copy  to  each  member  of  the 
Board  on  Monday  of  this  week.  Apart  from  the  fact  that  Dr.  Whitney 
was  oorap lately  concealed' by  the  Chairman,  each  member  of  the  Board 
can  be  recognised,  This  photograph,  having  been  sent  to  each 
member  of  the  Board,  will  be  paid  for  out  of  the  Board's  funds. 

Other  views  will  be  shown  at  the  next  meeting  and  may 
be  ordered  by  the  members  at  the  rate  of  $1-00  each.  A  set  of 
pictures  was  sent  to  the  Secretary  of  the  Wavy  with  the  Board's 
compliments • 

lours  very  truly ,  j/P  J? 

'  Secretary.  ' 


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THE  SECRETARY  OF  THE  NAVY. 


July  20, 


1916. 


My  dear  Mr.  Tkli son:  - 

X  urn  glad  to  receive  your  letter  of  the 
instant  with  reference  to  ponding  legislation 
know,  X  am  always  glad  to  get  your  views  on  a 
question  and  I  will  look  into  this  matter. 

Sincerely  yours, 


17th 
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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison , 
Orange,  II.  .7. 


3.  ORCHARD 


October  9th.  1916.  \fb^ 
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Bear  Sirs,  ‘Y  ^  ^  ^  >(v> 

I  shall  very  much  appreciate  \b'  Lj'1"' ,  *J  J?'  \ 

receiving  from  you  the  address  at  oA,.  r\  ,  v? 

which  Mr.  Thomas  Edison  will  stay  A-  if'  * ,  o- 

during  his  present  visit  to  England.  A*  £■/  y  ^ 

This.  1  reqdire  as  t  desire  to  &>  vX  r^  V  v 

write  to  him  suggesting  that  (in  hiB  ,,  ,  cv  _  c ? /,* 

capacity  of  Chairman  of  the  Civilian  i**  •*-  ^  t(.V 

Naval  Consulting  Board)  he  pays  a  .t  t  v  vf  ‘ 

visit  to  our  engineering  Works  in  v  v*.v  *  .  y  ^Vn 

Amsterdam,  where  we  ahve  completed  A  */  « 

a  remarkable  new  Diesel-type  submarine  \  A  J 

engine.  Please  also  state  how  long  he  A  0  ,  h  \y  >  » 

will  remain  in  England.  ^ 

Yours  very  truly,  Y.4*  iv  }r' 

Ki'\f  /, 

van^Werktuiao^oa^tj^ar'./c^ir.i'.laficol. 

U.  S.  A.  Representative 


October  IS,  1916. 


Shoe*  Orchard  Lisle, 
aa  Whitehall  Street, 
Hot;  York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  9th  instant  •was  given  to  me. 

I  hrouf'ht  it  to  the  attention  of  Ur.  Edison,  and  he  wisnes 
me  to  say  to  you  that  he  hao  no  intention  of  visiting 
England  and  cannot  understand  where  you  heard  such  a 
rumor. 

Ho  desires  mo  to  say,  however,  that  as  soon  as 
the  Haval  Experimental  Laboratory  is  finished,  ho  will  bo 
verv  much  interested  in  the  new  engine  which  your  Company 
has",  and  he  would  be  much-  obliged  if  you  will  call  his 
attention  to  it  again  when  you  learn  through  the  newspapers 
or  otherwise  that  the  Laval  Experimental  Laboratory  is 
ready. 

Yours  very  truly. 


'Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 


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MANUFACTURERS 


December  1,  1916. 


Mr.  fhomas  A.  Edison, 
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Dear  *“r.  Edison:-  I 

He:  0 over nmenuOArmor  Plate  Plant. 

On  Tuesday  Hovember  21st,  the  writer  and  associates 

built  under  a  recent  Act  of  Congress. 

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Y/hile  we  cannot  flatter  ourselves  that  you  would, 

toPePnpour  Possession  in  thf evenlthaf ^^rySS^he  Havy 
should  ask  your  advice  as  to  the  location  of  *he  pi  n  . 

X  trust  you  will  not  regard  it  as  presumptuous,  for 
me  to  send  this  copy  to  you,  and  beg  to  remain  always  with  the 
highest  esteem. 


Very  respectfully  yours, 

CHAIM  ALIOOOA  ABHOR  PLACE  OOHUIIMEE. 

Bv  Chairman^^^^^ommi^eS . 


W.  S.  NUNNELLY 

GENERAL  MERCHANDISE.  PEANUTS.  FARM  PRODUCTS, 

ANGORA  GOATS  AND  OTHER  LIVE  STOCK. 

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ards  a  firhtinsr  ship. 


neurons  liome,.  which  would  not  be  popular/ 
luit  much  snu/rht  after  in  event,  of  war. 


Docomher  £3,  1010. 


Ur.  w.  £$»'  Bunnolly* 

Vernon,  "onn. 

Door  Sir:-  ■  .  ~ 

Allow  me  to  acknowledge  roeeipt  of 
,,0Ur  favor  ' of  tho  18th  ins vent,  and  also  of  the 
hoy.  of  peanuts  which  you  have  so  kindly  son* 
mo,  and  which  wo  are  all  enjoying  vory  muph. 

Wishing  you  tho  Compliments  of  tho 
Season,  I  romain. 

Yours  very  truly. 


A/1700. 


Chattanooga  Committee  on  Location  of 
Government  Armor  Plate  Plant 


December  S3,  19X6. 


Mr.  V/m.  H.  Meadow-croft, 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison,  \A 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey.  J  * 

Dear  Mr.  Ueadowcroft:-  v/ 

Shis  acknowledges  your  courteous  letter  of  the  19th 
advising  of  the  safe  arrival  of  the  Armor  llate  Brier, 
that  Mr.  Edison  has  taken  u  to  his  house. 

I  still  have  an  idea  that  the  Secretary  of  the  Havy 
expert  assistance. 

You  have  orobably  noticed  in  the  press  that  the 

Boar-Admiral  Frank  S.  Fletcher 
Commander  F.  H.  Clark 
lieut-Commander  Reuben  E.  Backenlius 

Commander  F.  H.  Clark  has  already  been  ^esi^ated  as 
the  constructor  of  the  plant  wherever  it  may  be  located. 

If  I  am  right,  that  the  Secretary  will  find  himself 

fs::ar.  a  sasj  £¥Jn  Ik. 

it  may  be  very  well  indeed  that  a  copy  of  this  brief  is  in  Mr 
Edison's  hands. 

At  all  events  I  thank  you  most  kindly  for  the  personal 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  North  Jersey  Paint  Company  (E-16-61) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
North  Jersey  Paint  Co.,  an  affiliate  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  that 
manufactured  and  sold  waterproof  paints  for  cement  surfaces.  Included  is  an 
annual  meeting  notice  announcing  a  proposed  change  of  the  company  s 
principal  office  from  Orange  to  New  Village,  N.J.,  along  with  a  letter  from 
company  official  William  E.  Horne  to  Walter  S.  Mallory,  president  of  NJPCo 
and  EPCCo.  Also  included  is  a  promotional  brochure  entitled  Edison  Water- 
Proofing  Paint." 


All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 


The  North  Jersey  Paint  Co. 

Factory:  Stewartsville,  N.  J. 

Sales  Office:  St.  James  Building,  Broadway  and  Twenty-Sixth  Street 
New  York  City 

OTiABGB,  K.  J.  ,  Juno  Oth,  1916. 


Tho  annual  meeting  of  the  Stockholders 
of  the  iiOlVfH  JKROKY  PAXHT  COMI'AMY  will  ho  hold  on  Monday, 
tho  12th  day  of  June,  1916,  at  10;00  o'olook  A.  U.,  at  the 
principal  office  of  the  Company,  looatod  at  the  Bdieon  lab¬ 
oratory,  Orango,  U.  J.,  for  tho  purpooo  of  electing  a  Board 
of  hireotoro  and  rooeivine  and  acting  upon  the  roportB  of 
tho  offioere.  and  for  the  transaction  of  such  othor  hueineeo 
ae  may  properly  come  before  the  meeting. 

If  you  do  not  expect  to  be  present  at  the 
meeting,  pleaeo  sign  the  enoloeod  proxy,  duly  vritnoeBOd,  and 
return  in  tho  onolosed  otampod  envelope.  If  you  are  prenant 
tho  proxy  will  not  be  used. 

Youro  truly, 


V7TT.T.1AM  U.  BAB01I , 

Boorotary. 

It  io  proposed  at  thiB  meeting 
;o  present  a  resolution  in  aooordanoe  with  the 
Jy-laws,  to  amend  same  so  that  the  principal  offioo 
>f  the  Company  shall  be  ohanged  from  Orange,  1,.J. ,  to  Mow 
tillage ,  lUJ^  and  a  resolution  will  also  be  passed  n^oration 
the  namo  of  tho  agent  upon  whom  process  against  the  corporation 

£J  “eSvadftSS  II.  f!  Miller  to  tta.  ».  Home. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


PROXY 

STOCKHOLDERS  MEETING 


'KNOW  ALL  MEN  BY  THESE  PRESENTS:- 

.*«.  s. Tsrssrti  Stt 

the  Stockholders  of  the  said  Company,  to  be  held  at  the  Owg^ 
office,  located  at  Edison  Laboratory  Orange  N  J.,  on  the  i«Jin 

ney  or  substitute  may  do  in  my  place,  name  and  stead. 


IN  WITNESS  WHEREOF,  I  have  hereunto 
day  of  _ 


t  my  hand  and  seal, 
,  1916. 


Witness: 


.(Seal) 


The  North  Jersey  Paint  Co. 

Factory:  Stewartsville,  fT.  J. 

Sales  Office:  St.  James  Building,  Broadway  and  Twenty-Sixth  Street 
New  York  City 

«m»—  June  8,  19X6.  A'  U 

. 

Mr.  W.  S.  Mallory.  Pres.,  ^  £  n/'  ^ 

Morth  Jersey  Paint  Co.,  Cf-'' 

New  York,  N.  Y.  v)V  ^  J  / 

Dear  Sir:- 


I  am  enclosing  herewith  abstract  of 
the  Minutes  for  the  Annual  Meeting  of  the  Stockholders 
and  organization  meeting  of  the  Directors  of  the  North 
Jersey  Paint  Co.,  which  is  to  he  used  by  you  on  Monday, 
also  blank  Inspectors  affidavit  and  certificated,  to¬ 
gether  with  your  proxy  and  my  proxy. 

Should  Mr.  Edison’ s  proxy  be  received 
here,  we  will  eend  it  to  you  immediately.  If  it  does  not 
come  until  Saturday,  we  will  then  mail  it  to  you  at  Orange, 
so  that  you  will  have  it  there  Monday.  Of  course,  if  it 
does  hot  come  to  hand,  you  can  arrange  to  get  it  at  any 
time. 


Yours  very  truly, 

NORTH  JERSEY  PAINT  COMPANY, 


WEH-RBS 

ENCLOSURE:- 


It  keeps  the  walls  diy 


WAT  SR-SMEIOOFSMQ 

PAINT 


O  you  live  in  a  concrete  or 
stucco  house  ?  Are  you  go¬ 
ing  to  build  one  ? 

Do  you  know  or  have  you  heard  that 
after  a  heavy  storm  most  concrete  or 
stucco  houses  are  damp? 
Notwithstanding  the  beauty  and  econ¬ 
omy  of  concrete  for  house  construc¬ 
tion,  many  people  oppose  it  because 
they  fear  dampness. 

They  oppose  it  because  they  do  not 
know— do  not  know  that  it  can  be 
made  as  impervious  to  water  as  glass 
or  bronze. 

All  that  is  essential  is  to  fill  the  pores 
so  the  water  can’t  get  in. 

Ellison  Waterproof  Paint  does  this  as 
no  other  preparation  can.  It  fills 
every  pore  with  a  water- repelling 
substance  for  all  time. 

Not  only  is  dampness  in  the  house 
annoying  and  unhealthy,  it  is 
destructive. 

Wall  paper  will  not  adhere  to  walls 
that  become  damp.  Decorations  will 


not  retain  their  original  coloring  and 
beauty. 

Dampness — the  one  former  objection 
to  concrete  houses — has  surrendered 
to  Ellison  IVaterproof  Paint.  If  damp¬ 
ness  enters  the  house  at  all  it  must 
come  through  the  doors  and  windows, 
it  cannot  come  through  the  walls 
w  here  Edison  IVaterproof  Paint  is 
properly  applied. 

Edison  Waterproof  Paint  is  not  an  ex¬ 
periment — six  years  of  constant  use 
has  demonstrated  that  it  will  do  all 
that  Thomas  A.  Edison  claimed  it 
would  do  when,  after  exhaustive 
tests,  he  at  last  said,  “I  have  found 

If  you  are  having  trouble  with  house 
dampness  now — if  you  are  about  to 
build  and  fear  it — you  will  be  inter¬ 
ested  to  know  more  about  Edison 
Waterproofing  Paint. 

Perhaps  you  will  be  impressed  with 
the  sincerity  of  the  enclosed  opinions 
from  men  who  know. 


Edison 

Waterproofing 

Paint 

When  painted  with  Edison  Water¬ 
proofing  Paint ,  concrete,  stucco  or 
block  construction;  cement  and  mor¬ 
tar  joints;  porous  stonework,  clay  or 
cement  tile;  concrete  or  concrete 
slate  roofs;  concrete  floors;  walls  and 
cellars;  all  become  absolutely  imper¬ 
vious  to  water. 

By  overcoming  capillary  attraction  it 
shuts  out  all  moisture  and  consequent 
frost  action. 

Edison  Waterproofing  Paint  used  as  a 
sizing  coat  can  be  painted  over  with 
any  desired  color  without  fear  of 
discoloration. 


Edison 

Waterproofing 

Paint 


DIRECTIONS 

1.  No  expert  is  needed  to  apply  it,  as  it  is  put 
on  with  a  brush  like  any  other  paint. 

2.  The  surface  must  be  dry  and  carefully 
brushed  with  a  stiff  brush  or  a  broom. 

3.  The  material  should  be  carefully  brushed  in 
and  the  second  coat  not  applied  until  the 
first  is  dry.  For  ordinary  concrete  or  stucco 
two  coats  are  sufficient.  If  the  wall  is  very 
porous,  more  may  be  required. 

4.  As  this  material  is  transparent,  do  not  cx- 


5.  Shake  the  can  before  using,  and  if,  it  is  not 
transparent,  but  cloudy  or  milky,  stand  in  a 
warm  place  for  a  few  horns.  Should  it  not 
clear  readily,  stand  the  can  in  hot  water  or 

6.  Have  plenty  of  ventilation  where  it  is  used. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Patents  (E-16-62) 


This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
foreign  and  ddmestic  patent  applications,  assignments,  litigation,  legation 
and  other  patent  matters.  The  selected  items  for  1916  concern  a  patent  on 
color  photography  held  by  phonograph  experimenter  Alexander  N.  P'ermam 
The  correspondents  include  attorneys  William  A.  Hardy  and  Delos  Holden  of 
the  Legal  Dept.  Several  documents  bear  marginal  notations  by  Edison 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  of  unsolicited,  unanswered  correspondence 
concerning  topics  such  as  patent  law  reform,  along  with  a  standard  legal  form 
assigning  foreign  rights  in  a  galvanic  battery  patent  from  Charles  W.  Norton  to 
Edison. 


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Mr.  Edison: - 

I  hand  you  herewith  our  copy  of  the  application  papers 
on  an  invention  of  Mr.  Pierman  relating  to  Color  Photography. 

The  invention  consists  of  a  film  comprising  a  flexible  color 
screen  formea  by  weaving  silk  stranas,  a  flexible  transparent 
or  translucent  ribbon  formed  from  a  collodion  solution  in  which 
the  screen  is  imbedded,  and  a  coating  of  sensitized  emulsion 
applied  to  one  surface  of  such  ribbon. 

Mr.  Pierman  owns  a  half  interest  in  the  invention, 
and  Messrs.  William  E.  Gilmore  and  Prank  I>.  Dyer. each  own  a 
quarter  interest  therein.  The  Edison  Manufacturing  Company 
has  an  option  on  the  invention,  the  instrument  whereby  this  op¬ 
tion  was  granted  specifying  that  no  transfer  of  any  right  or 
interest  in  the  invention  shall  be  made  by  Mr.  Pierman,  Mr. 
Gilmore  or  Mr.  Dyer  without  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company 
first  having  an  opportunity  to  acquire  such  right  or  interest. 

Messrs.  Gilmore  and  Dyer  have  now  lost  interest  in 
this  invention.  Mr.  Pierman,  however,  still  believes  the  in¬ 
vention  to  be  of  Borne  value,  and  is  accordingly  anxious  to  ac¬ 
quire  the  rights  of  Messrs.  Gilmore  and  Dyer,  which  the  latter 
have  agreed  to  assign  to  him,  ana  to  take  out  the  patent  in  his 
own  name. 

Mr.  Gall  considers  Mr.  Pierman's  invention  to  be  im¬ 
practicable,  as.  he  thinks  it  would  be  impossible, in  printing. 


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to  obtain  the  necessary  registry  of  the  colored  strands,  com¬ 
prising  the  screens  of  the  negative  and  positive. 

Will  you  please  advise  me  whether  you  approve  of  an 
assignment  of  the  rights  of  Messrs.  Gilmore  and  Dyer  to  Mr. 
Pierman,  and  in  case  you  do  approve  of  such  assignment,  whether 
or  not  you  wish  the  assignment  made  subject  to  the  option  owned 
by  Edison  Manufacturing  Company. 


6 


WH-JS 


February  29,  1916. 


Mr.  C.  H. 

I  find  upon  looking  into  this  matter  that  the  invention  is 
of  very  limited  scope,  that  is,  there  is  very  little  novelty  in  it 
and  it  is  doubtful  if  it  has  any  value  at  all.  All  that  we  are  called 
upon  now  to  do  is  to  oonsent  to  the  transfer  of  the  interests  of 
Gilmore  and  Dyer  to  Piqrman  and  we  can  retain  our  option  upon  the 
entire  invention  by  permission  of  Pierman.  Therefore  I  think  that 
we  may  as  well  go  on  with  the  case  in  this  way,  that  is,  by  consenting 
to  the  transfer  and  receiving  from  Pierman  alone  an  option  similar  to 
the  present  one. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Personal  (E-16-63) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  friends  and  acquaintances.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1 91 6  are 
naturalist  John  Burroughs,  industrialist  Andrew  Carnegie,  former  employee 
and  motion  picture  pioneer  William  K.  L.  Dickson,  rubber  magnate  Harvey  S. 
Firestone,  soap  manufacturer  Adolph  Melzer,  Electrical  Review  editor  Charles 
W.  Price,  and  hobo  author  Leon  Ray  Livingston,  better  known  as  "A-No  1  The 
Rambler."  Included  are  references  to  the  presidential  election,  a  camping  trip 
planned  and  organized  by  Firestone  in  which  Edison  and  Burroughs  also 
participated,  the  marriage  of  botanist  Luther  Burbank,  and  the  deaths  of 
business  associates  Alfred  A.  Cowles  and  James  Gaunt.  There  is  also 
correspondence  with  longtime  associates  William  S.  Andrews,  Edward  H. 
Johnson,  and  John  W.  Lieb,  Jr.,  as  well  as  with  members  of  the  Old  Time 
Telegraphers  Association. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  unanswered  correspondence,  duplicates,  letters 
of  introduction,  and  declined  invitations. 

Numerous  clippings  about  the  camping  trip  can  be  found  in  Scrapbook, 
Cat.  44,455,  Scrapbook  Series. 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Schenectady,  M.  Y. ,  February  26,  1916. 


Hr.  William  Bee, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Bee:- 

I  am  happy  to  say  that  the  magnificent 
phonograph,  which  you  sent  to  me  at  Mr.  Edison’s  request 
last  December,  has  been  located  in  the  laboratory 
store-room  and  it  is  in  first  class  condition  in  every 
respect.  It  is  difficult  for  me  to  tell  you  how  much 
I  appreciate  it. 

I.  find  that  it  arrived  in  the  general 
receiving  room  of  the  General  Electric  Company  on 
December  31st. ,  and  was  sent  to  the  store-room  of  the 
laboratory  along  with  a  half  carload  shipment  of  boxes 
addressed  to  me  personally  which  were  shipped  from  San 
Francisco.  The  delivery  slip  from  our  Receiving  Dept., 
to  the  Laboratory  evidently  went  astray  so  that  the 
phonograph  and  records  lost  their  identity  and  were 
stored  with  the  San  Francisco  material. 

It  was  my  intention  to  spend  a  day  in  Orange 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


on  this  trip,  “but,  as  matters  now  stand,  I  fear  it  will 
he  impossible. 

1  remain  with  kind  regards  and  very  best 

wishes. 

Respectfully  yours, 


WD'AR/JJF. 


ILLUMINATING  ENGINEER. 


enough  to  send  me  were  a  very  happy  selec¬ 
tion  and  were  all  very  muoh  appreciated. 

Again  thanking  you  for  your 
oourtesy  and  hoping  that  you  will  transmit 


my  thanks  also  to  Mr.  Edisoni  X 
Yours  very  truly 


EDISON  LAMP  WORKS 

OF  GENERAL  ELECTRIC  COMPANY 


Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: — 

Words  cannot  express  my  appreciation  of 
your  ■beautiful  thought  in  sending  me  the  silver  plate 
for  my  phonograph.  X  assure  you  this  is  appreciated 
more  than  X  can  tell  you. 

I  had  expected  to  be  in  Hew  York  in  June, 
but  find  that  I  will  not  visit  the  East  until  September, 
at  which  time  I  am  going  to  call  upon  you  and  Mrs. 
Edison. 

V/ith  best  regards  to  you  both,  I  remain. 

Yours  respeotfully, 


II  o  S  ol<kni  no  ttrrtixi 


Akron,  Ohio,  June  2J,  l$l6. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

There  ie  nothing  quite  so  attractive  to 
me  as  the  duties  and  responsibilities  of  running  the 
Firestone  Company,  hut  I  do  not  want  to  he  a  slave  to 
it  and  I  want  to  get  away  and  enjoy  myself. 

I  think  you  and  Mr.  Ford  have  about  the  same 
trouble  to  get  away  from  business  and  I  do  not  believe 
that  we  ever  got  farther  away  f  rom  business  oar es  than 
when  we  were  touring  in  California  and  I  wish  that  we 
might  make  another  trip.  I  have  a  plan  all  figured 
out  and  laid  this  before  Mr.  Ford  in  Detroit  last  week, 
and  he  was  delighted  and  is  ready  for  the  trip  and  I 
hope  that  we  oan  plan  a  trip  that  will  be  attractive 
to  you. 

I  will  be  in  New  York  Thursday  and  Friday 
of  this  week  and  will  drive  over  to  see  you  Friday 
morning. 

With  kindest  regards  to  Mrs.  Edison  and 
yourself,  I  remain 


Yours  very  t  ruly, 


HSF-EH 


Akron, Ohio,  August  17,  1916 


Mr.  Endioott,  about  wESarTppoke  to  you 
last  week,  will  leave  Akron  Sunday  night  and  arrive 
in  Orange  Monday  morning,  August  21st,  for  the  purpose 
of  looking  over  the  equipment  which  you  have  prepared 
for  Mr.  Edison's  trip  and  arranging  any  other  details 
which  may  be  necessary. 


A  light  truck  equipped  with  pneumatio  tires, 
together  with  a  driver,  will  be  ready  for  the  party 
on  the  2£>th. 


If  there  are  any  other  preparations  which 
I  can  make  I  shall  be  very  glad  to  hear  from  you. 


Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  H.  F.  Miller, 

C/o  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Thie  will  introduce  to  you,  Mr. 

H.  C.  Endioott,  who  will  aooompany  the  oamping 
party  on  August  2Sth.  He  will  go  over  the 
equipment  with  you  and  make  any  plans' that  you 
think  advisable  for  the  trip. 

Very  truly  yours, 

FIRESTONE  TIRE  &  ROBBER  COMPANY 


Seo'y.  to  H.  S.  Firestone. 


Akron,  Ohio  August  24,  1916 


Mr.  H.  F.  Miller, 

C/o  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 


Aooording  to  present  plans,  Mr.  Endioott 
will  arrive  in  New  York  about  noon  on  Saturday  and 
will  report  to  you  on  his  arrival.  Mr.  Firestone 
will  arrive  in  New  York  Sunday  morning  and  be  at  the 
Waldorf  Sunday  and  Sunday  night. 


I  am  not  quite  sure  whether  Mr.  Edison's 
plans  are  to  start  from  Orange  and  go  direct  up  the  west 
shore,  or  whether  he  will  cross  into  New  York  on  his  way 
notth.  If  his  plans  bring  him  near  New  York  City,  pos¬ 
sibly  he  would  prefer  to  pick-  Mr.  Firestone  up  at  the  Wal¬ 
dorf  Monday  morning. 


If  you  will  let  me  know  or  advise  Mr.  Firestone 
Sunday,  I  know  that  he  will  be  very  glad  to  mebt  Mr.  Edison' 
wishes  as  to  the  point  of  starting. 


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ADHESIVES 


September  twenty-five 


Mr.  Thomas  A. Edison 


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PURPOSES 


Thank  you  heartily  for  your  highly  prized  letter,^ 

Burns  .now  dead, was  the  telegrapher , who  at  I"'*'"*1 
?  Phi Hi  ns  at  Providence , now  if  alive, with 
Washington,  at  the  rate  of  forty  nine  woi 
hour  wvs.iixioa  corded  the  matter, which  wac 
‘I’ravels*. on  manifold  with  a  glass  point 
It'  has  often,  been  my  boast  ,  to  have  eaten 
mugs  of  coffee  .with  Edison  ,at  midnight 
which  would  disgust  you  today 
you  nay  recall  Jack  Wright  ,at  Boston  , 
star,  r.erfect  In  penmanship  and  sending. 

Of  about  fifteen  telegraphers  that  1  cu 
Boston  ,  I  can  locate  .alive  .only  EdlscAi 

T  will  be  with  you  in  spirit  /Wednesday,  j  ,  ,,  _ 

AfY- in  thanking  you  and  rejoiced  to  know  that  your  wonderful 
Access  has  kot  dumbed  Vit  increased  jour  youthful  humanity, 


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and  Ur.  Edison  wants  shipment  made,  right  a  way  so 
that  Ho  will  receive  them  before  leaving,  'i'horoforo 
I  am  sending  this  memorandum  direct  to  you,  bo  that  the 
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elVffijRANGE.  N.  J. 

YV  NEWYORK  NOV  25  1916 
MR  THOMAS  A  EDISON 


ps'i  • 


MANY  thanks  for  YOUR  I 


MESSAGE  AMD  PROMISE  TO  CALL  ON  MY 


85  TH  BIRTHDAY  BUT  MUST  SEE  YOU  BEFORE  THEM  CANNOT  WAIT  SO  LONG 


T^LSFHON^p-i 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Department  v 
camping  trij 
I  am  mailing 


I  have  had  our  Advertising 
;  out  a  souvenir  bocy of  our 
;hey  have  made  up  three  dummies 
me  today.  "~ 


^  I  wish  that  you/would  look  it 

over  and  give  ms  some  suggestion3/and  any  ohanges 
that  you  would  like  to  have  made.' 

It  is  my  ided  to  have  one  hundred 
of  these  hooks  made  up,  or  as  Oiany  as  you  and 
Mr.  Birr  roughs  would  like,  and/we  can  give  them  out 
to  our  friends  as  Christmas  presents.  I  am  send¬ 
ing  to  you  with  the  hook  all? of  the  pictures  that 
I  have  had  taken  so  that  you  can  make  any  arrange¬ 
ments  or  write  any  poetry  or  incidents  in  regard 
to  the  trip  that  you  oars  /to. 

After/we  get  the  hooks  out,  I 
would  like  to  have  yourjiperoonal  signature  in 

each  hook.  /  - - -  “ 

— —  You/will  please  send  the  hook 

hack  as  soon  as  you  can  conveniently  as  I  would 
like,  if  possible,  tyhave  them  out  in  time  for 
Christmas.  Also  advise  how  many  you  oould  use.  - / O 

\  /With  personal  regards,  I  am, 

j  /  Yours  very  truly, 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ,  s-, 

Llewellyn  Park,  /  f(LJCJ 

Orango,  N.  J.  \J^  ] 


Thank  you  for  your  kind  letter  of  1 
Lnetant,  which  I  appreciate  very  much. 

Two  weeks  ago  to-night  my  brother  \ 
ill.  He  had  a  beginning  apoplexy  at  tl 
Tn«  bleeding  was  moderate  but  progress!' 


it  seven  P.  M.  on  December  second.  He  reBpon- 
jed  to  hie  environment  until  Saturday  noon, 
however,  he  could  not  remember  anything  that 
occurred.  Hie  vision  was  beginning  to  fail 
and  before  the  end  he  was  nearly  blind.  Throe 
years  ago  you  may  recall  that  he  was  very  sick 
in  London.  At  that  time  he  had  an  apoplexy 
but  I  carefully  kept  that  fact  from  hie  know¬ 
ledge  paased  exactly  as  ho  always  wished 
that  hie  death  might  occur.  I  fool  very  happy 
that  he  was  spared  the  disablement  which  euroly 
would  have  followed  the  eecond  apoplexy. 

With  kindeet  regards  to  you  and  Mrs.  Edison, 


Yours  eincorely, 


Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 


I  have  your  letter  of  the  5th  3,1(1  3111 
clad  that  you  are  pleased  with  the  proposed  souvenir 
hook  of  our  camping  trip.  We  will  get  it  out  as  early 
as  possible,  but  I  find  that  I  oannot  get  it  out  in 
time  for  Christmas. 


X  spoke  to  you  at  Mr.  Edsel  Ford's 
wedding  in  regard  to  the  Rubber  Club  Annual  dinner  at 
the  Waldorf  on  January  3th.  I  am  President  of  the 
Rubber  Club  and  am,  in  a  way,  responsible  for  a 
successful  banquet.  Honorable  Wm.  H.  Taft  and. 

Mr.  Frank  A.  Vanderlip  will  be  the  principle  speakers, 
and  as  I  told  you,  I  would  like  to  have  you,  Mr.  Ford 
and  Mr.  Burroughs  guests  of  honor. 

I  have  a  big  job  on  my  hands 
and  need  you  next  to  me  to  brace  me  up. 

The  ladies  will  be  invited  in 
the  boxes  at  nine  o'clock  to  hear  the  speaking,  and 
Mrs.  Firestone  would  like  Mrs.  Edison  to  oome  and 
take  dinner  with  her  and  other  friends,  and  then  come 
up  and  hear  the  speaking. 

I  know  these  dinners  don't  appeal 
to  you  but  I  have  arranged  rooms  for  you  and  Mrs.  Edison 
at  the  Hotel  so  that  you  will  not  be  inconvenienced 
that  evening.  If  you  will  go  I  will  write  to  Mr.  Ford 
and  Mr.  Burroughs.  I  think  there  is  considerable 
doubt  about  Mr.  Burroughs  going  as  I  understand  his 
wife  is  very  low. 


Secretary  drop  : 


Please  let  me  know  or  have  your 
s  a  line  to  indioate  your  pleasure. 


Yours  very  truly, 


Dear  Hr.  iSdison: 


Your  kir.fi  and  interesting  letter  to  me  at  the 
Lotos  Club  received,  and  the  members  of  our  Committee 
and  myself  all  appreciate  your  kind  reply. 

I  must  tell  you,  however,  that  our  mutual  friend, 

Ur.  Samuel  Insull,  of  Chicago,  is  to  be  one  of  the  speak¬ 
ers  at  the  dinner  to  Hr.  Schwab,  and  state,  also,  that  if 
you  should  find  by  Thursday  noon,  December  21  (the  date 
of  the  dinner),  that  you  can  join  us  at  the  Lotos,  you  will 
be  very  welcome,  and  a  seat  at  the  head  table  will  be  re¬ 
served  for  you.  I  think  you  will  enjoy  being  present, 
and  of  course  Hr.  Insull,  as  well  as  all  the  rest  of  us, 
will  be  delighted  if  you  find  at  the  last  moment  that  it 
will  be  convenient  for  you  to  come. 

Permit  me  to  say  that  X  read  -with  the  greatest  in¬ 
terest  your  timely  interview  in  one  of  last  Sunday's  Lew 
York  dailies— X  believe  it  was  the  Sun.  It  can  not  fail  to 
do  a  great  deal  of  good,  for  it  was  sound  clear  through. 

Sincerely  your  friend. 


December  1G,191G, 


llr.  II.  S.  Pirestono, 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Liy  dear  Lir.  Pirostone: 

X  have  just  received  your 

favor  of  the  12th  instant,  in  regard  to  tho  annual 
Dinner  of  the  Rubber  Club  at  tho  Waldorf .  I  had 

already  received  a  formal  invitation  for  this 
Dinner,  to  which  I  roplied  in  accordance  with  tho 
copy  letter  enclosed  herewith.  i'his  letter  dates 
tho  real  facts. 

•.  On  your  account,  I  would  very  much  like 
to  go  to  the  Dinner,  but  it  is  .simply  impossible 
for  me  to 'say  at  this  moment  whether  or  not  I  can 
set  away,  as  I  am  in  tho  midst  of  a  lot  of  oxtromc- 
iy  iniportont  work  and  do  not  oven  see  my  own  people 
hero  at  tho  Works 'unions  it  is  imperative .  2he 
only  thin*  I  can  say  is  that  if,  whon  tho  time  comes, 
X  find  that  I  can  get  away,  I  will  como  over.  House 
do  not  dopend  upon  mo,  howovor,  as  it  may  bo  out 
of  tho  question. 


Yours  very  truly. 


A/1602. 


'PUBLISHING 

'^CjCTipAAnry 


A  ERE,  . 
^VWSYLV^ 


Mr.  Thomas  Alva  Ed  is 
East  Orange,  N.J. 


December  20th  1916. 


A  H*  I 


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itice 'I  read  in,  the  papers  today  of  the 


marriage  of  pur  mutual  friend,. Mr.  Luther  Burbank  of  ^anta  Rosa,  Gal. 
who  was  a  confirmed  bachelor  all  his^£sfSu|  atT^^ell^a^pn’trm^^ 
to  Dan  Cupid,  reminded  me  of  our  convy^tion^itTort'  l/yers^R  it:r 
having  as  subject  the  Plant  Wizard  wJ^e“*avfthographed  card  Jrcarriad 
with  yours  and  other  notables  in  my.  famous  memorandum  bookV-^ 

Since  I  saw  you,  have  married  aniLcgettled  down 
and  am  devoting  my  days  writing  .of  .my  yesterdays  so  the  generations  of 
the  future  be  warned  against  the  Road.  My  Baby  Ruth,  a  two  year  old, 
and  I,  of  fontyrfour,  are  fast  comrades,  romping  and  crawling  over  the 
house.  . 

Would  like  you  to  stop  over  some  day  you  pass 
through  Erie  as  I  wish  to  show.-you,  my  bungalow  and  how  happy  I  am  since 

I  quit  box  car  touristing.- . i  ' 

How  is  your  family?  Your  children  and  Mrs. 
Edison?.  Do  they  still  remember  the  potato  faces  I  . used  to  carve?  Am 
publishing  books  now  and  kept  everlastingly  busy. 

Wishing  you  and  your  loved  ones  the  compliments 
of  the  holiday,  season,  I.  am,  :  — 1 — -7> _ 


Wishing  you  a  pleasant  Christmas  and  a 
very  happy  Hew  Year,  I  remain, 


Yours  very  truly. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Phonograph  -  General  (E-16-64) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  minutes,  interoffice 
communications,  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  co^ 
development  of  Edison's  cylinder  and  disc  phonograph  Many  of  he  Jems  for  1916 
pertain  to  efforts  to  continue  record  manufacturing  despite  war-related  shortages  of 
raw  materials  There  are  numerous  technical  and  administrative  documents  written 
by  Edison  engineers,  experimenters,  and  company  officials.  Included  are  Jems  by 
assistant  chief  engineer  John  P.  Constable  on  a  phonograph  built  at  the  Ford  factory 
in  Detroit  and  on  the  testing  of  phonograph  components  by  C.  E ^  bvSSfa hah 
diamond  point  production  and  phonograph  inspection  protocols,  and  by  Zachanah 
P  Halpin  on  tests  of  reproducers  and  electric  motors.  In  addition,  there  are 
documents  by  Archie  D.  Hoffman  on  chemical  formulas  for  record  composition  and 
equipment  for  record  blank  manufacturing,  by  H.  T.  Leeming  on  phonograph  ou  put 
projections,  by  J.  W.  S.  Moss  on  mold  production  time  reductions  and  by  Wil  iam 
F.  Nehr  on  chemicals.  Also  included  are  minutes  prepared  by  Constable  of  the 
Manufacturing  Committee  meetings. 

The  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc 
Phonograph  Division  include  items  written  by  division  manager  William  Maxell  on 
training  plans,  artist  coaching,  relations  with  jobbers,  advertising  schemes,  and  the 
possibility  of  manufacturing  cabinets  and  assembling  phonographs  'n  Canaja.  Mew 
documents  pertain  to  the  introduction  of  "Period"  model  phonographs  at  the  end  of 
the  year.  A  communication  from  Walter  Stevens,  manager  ofthe,  Export  Division, 
discusses  the  phonograph  business  in  Cuba.  Other  Edison 'Officials  reprei sert tod  m 
the  documents  include  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison  and  Carl  H.  Wilson, 
vice  president  and  general  manager  of  TAE  Inc. 

In  addition,  there  are  numerous  incoming  letters,  some  of  which  bear  Edison  s 
marginal  comments,  on  song  selection  and  desired  musical  styles  (for  example, 
Swedish,  Hawaiian,  and  bagpipe).  There  are  also  references^ 
particularly  surface  noise,  which  Edison  indicated  was  due  to  changes  made  in  ■ he 
chemical  composition  of  the  records  as  a  result  of  the  war.  Many  °f  the.inc°ming 
letters  contain  suggestions  for  improvements  to  the  phonograph  (such  as  increased 
S™”"ma.lcS«opping).PS0™  of  whicjwere 
by  Constable  or  Kennedy.  Attached  to  one  ofthe  incoming tetters 
that  all  suggestions  about  inventions  or  improvements  should  be  sen  directly .to 
Edison  rather  than  referred  to  the  Engineering  Dept,  "in  order  to  avoid  claims  being 
made  that  Mr.  Edison  has  appropriated  devices  submitted  to  him.  Other _subjeds 
covered  in  the  documents  include  attempts  to  purchase  an  old  1878  tinfoil 
phonograph  from  E.  C.  Peterke;  the  donation  of  a  similar  machine  to  the  Smithsonian 


Institution;  the  proceedings  of  the  Manchester  Edison  Society,  a  British  organization 
of  phonograph  enthusiasts;  the  record-buying  habits  of  Native  Americans  as 
described  by  the  Ryder  Music  Co.  of  Oklahoma;  and  a  proposal  by  explorer  Oliver 
Bainbridge  to  make  recordings  during  his  expedition  to  the  South  Seas. 

There  are  also  numerous  items  relating  to  prospective  recording  artists,  some 
of  whom  were  encouraged  to  visit  the  studio  for  an  audition,  and  to  composers  such 
as  Thomas  P.  Westendorf,  who  wrote  "I'll  Take  You  Home  Again,  Kathleen, 
Edison's  favorite  song.  Included  are  comments  by  Edison  regarding  some  of  the 
performers  and  a  communication  from  Absalom  M.  Kennedy,  E.  Rowland  Dawson 
and  Clarence  B.  Hayes  about  the  musical  abilities  of  two  female  members  of  the 
staff  At  the  end  of  the  folder  are  undated  communications  to  Edison  from  music 
room  supervisor  Hayes  about  trial  recordings,  as  well  as  technical  items  concerning 
record  production. 

Other  correspondents  include  recording  artists  Virginia  L.  Bean  and  Alice 
Verlet;  longtime  Edison  associate  Henry  Edmunds;  Goodyear  chemist  C.  R.  J°hnsorr, 
General  Electric  engineer  Frederick  M.  Kimball;  virtuoso  pianist  and  futurePo  lish 
prime  minister  Ignace  J.  Paderewski;  Richard  Rathbun  of  the  Smithsonian  s  U.Sf 
National  Museum;  Charles  0.  Sloane,  president  of  the  Phonograph  Sates  Co  o 
Newark  and  brother-in-law  of  Madeleine  Edison  Sloane;  and  phonograph  enthusiast 
Frederic  A.  Whiting. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Many  of  the 
unselected  items  are  unsolicited  suggestions  for  phonograph  improvements.  most 
of  these  are  marked  for  a  form  letter  reply,  but  some  bear  routine  Edison  marginalia 
explaining  that  he  was  not  interested  in  the  idea  or  could  not  use  it.  Other  categories 
of  unselected  material  include  letters  ofthanks  or  appreciation;  unanswered  requests 
for  auditions  and  correspondence  with  artists  whose  auditions  did  not  lead  to  a 
recording;  non-pursued  business  inquiries  from  clients,  vendors  composers, 
lyricists,  and  performers;  unsolicited  items  relating  to  war  preparedness  and  to 
peace  songs;  letters  from  dealers  or  customers  that  were  n°t  ha^led' 
indefinitely  deferred,  by  Edison;  other  routine  documents  that  did  not  receive 
Edison's  attention  and  do  not  pertain  to  his  role  in  the  company;  printed  items 
submitted  by  inventors  and  recording  artists;  credit  reports  on  prospective  dealers 
and  duplicates.  Also  unselected  are  routine  business  letters  handled  by  Char  es 
Edison!  by  Edison's  assistant  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  by  Recording  Division 
manager  Walter  Miller,  or  by  music  room  supervisor  Clarence  B.  Hayes,  reports  on 
auditions  not  heard  by  Edison;  periodic  quantitative  data  reports  on  production, 
testing,  and  shipping;  form  letters  to  dealers;  and  other  sales  material. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Phonograph  -  General 
(E-16-64) 

January  -  June 


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in  Phonography  I  pass  it  aiorvgj-^^Bh^  of 
or  not.  The  intention  is  all  right  (friA~tr?  *-® 

I  imagine  "THE  SONORA"  is'"^fiusTary^  nearest 
rival.  I  went  in  to  hear  it  ai^  B^rjwed^y^in^ 
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'sing  and  big  namgs  kee^JJh— : 

ir.  '‘^’iulMP^heoscope  is  better. 


Edison  records  for  me - far  a’neac 

The  Viotrola  is  a  tin-sho]^ 
and  I  fancy  only  big  advew 
going.  The  Vocalion  is  bef 

And  now  the  Sonora  is  far  ahead  of  it, with  the  Et 
still  in  the  lead.  But  in  some  things  "we"  are  instanced. 
The  "modulator"  in  the  three  phonographs  named  above) ii 
far  more  effective  and  convenient  than  in  the  Edie/ma 
— more  gradual  and  easily  used, without  lifting  the  top. 
The  "muffler"  can't  be  really  graduated  effectively.  It 
attacks  the  sound  in  the  wrong  place. 

I  am  intensely  and  enthusiastically  interested  in 

The  Edieona, which  is  the  only  WHY  I  so  often  break  into 
the  Laboratory!  .  , 

Yours  very  truly^ 

V  A  Cabinet  is  wanted  in  which 
Records  may  be  kept  in  their  cases, 
very  many  prefer  to  keep  them  in  the 
explanatory  envelopes, and  it  is  good 
business"  advertising  to  have  them  do  so. 

It  enables  one  to  easily  explain  aboutevery 
record  he  puts  on, in  showing  off  his  "Edieona. 


January,  3,  1916. 


Solvent  Naptha  has  substituted  for  Benzol. 

Mr.  Bdison:- 

Have  obtained  a  gallon  of  this  Solvent  Naptha 
from  Hr.  Meadowcroft.  It  has  proven  its-self  equally  a3  well 
as  Benzol  for  coloring  of  plaster  backing  of  the  Blue  Amberol 
Record.  There  is  a  slight  objection  as  to  the  odor  given  off 
by  the  Naptha,  which  is  still  noticeable  after  the  records 
have  stood  for  72  hours.  It  also  appears  to  effect  the 
eyes  of  the  employees  who  are  handeling  it. 

After  the  plaster  backing  has  been  coated  trith  this 
Naptha  mix  and  the ‘records  allowed  to  stand  exposed  to  the 
air  and  then  in  cartons  the  rubbing  off  of  the  color  on  the 
fingers  is  very  slight.  If  it  were  possible  to  prevent  this 
odor  from  the  Naptha  I  would  suggest  that  we  be  allowed  to 
use  it  in  place  of  Benzol 


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Hr.  J.  J.  Riley:  January  3,  1916. 

(Demonstration  Dept) 

We  have  Doth  agreed  that  it  is  desirable  to  establish 
a  training  sohool  here  so  that  we  oan  supply  dealers  and  jobbers 
with  trained  Edison  men. 

We  have  just  employed  two  new  men  to  aot  as  supervisors. 
They  will  start  on  their  meohanioal  training  Tuesday,  January  4th. 

The  meohanioal  training,  including  Mr.  Kennedy's  oourse,  will  take 
about  three  weeks.  Then  these  two  Supervisors  will  be  put  through 
the  East  Orange  store,  and  will  also  receive  a  certain  amount  of 
instruction  here  at  the  office. 

Why  wouldnjji  it  be  a  good  plan  for  ypu^to  pick  out 
two  or  three  promising  mei£and  nave 'them  three  weeks  from  now  ready 
to  take  up  the  same  course  of  instruction  that  the  Supervisors  take 
in  sales  methods.  Company  policies,  etc.?  With  a  class  of  five  we 
could  experiment  quite  a  little  without  disastrous  results  and  I 
believe  could  decide  whether  it  is  advisable  to  launch  the  training 
sohool  on  a  more  extensive  plan. 

The  Disc  Phonograph  Monthly  will  go  to  pressabout 
January  16th,  and  if  we  knew  that  we  were  going  to  train  two  or  three 
men  we  oould  announce  that  faot  in  the  Monthly,  and  I'll  pretty  nearly 
guarantee  that  before  their  training  was  finished  we  would  have  appli¬ 
cations  for  them  from  our  jobbers  and  dealers. 

What  do  you  say  to  our  becoming  pedagogues  in  the 
manner  suggested  above? 

WM/IWW 

CC  to  Mr.  Edison  and  Hr.  Wilson. 


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Violin 

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the  vibrato  too  much,  makes  it  too 
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recently  invented  and  patented 
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The  Drawings  and  specifications  illustrates 
this  Device  quite  well,  and  we  trust  you  will  habe  no 
difficulty  in  thoroughly  comprehending  same. 

As  you  will  note,  this  Clutch  has  been 
especially  designed  for  use  in  connection  with  Phono¬ 
graphs.  This  Clutch  seems  to  be  a  very  simple  and 
economical  construction. 


Kindly  look  into  this  matter  and,  should 
you  deem  this  Invention  as  favorable  for  your  Manufact¬ 
uring  and  Selling  purposes,  would  be  pleased  to  enter¬ 
tain  any  suggestions  with  this  object  in  view. 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  J^tP*  tTWw«»  —  ^  A) ( jtumtrdtl  * 

Jusft  a  final  word^in  merely  reporting  my-  i 

examination  of\the,,%3nora''Phonograph,my  only  idea  was  ^ 

to  merely  paas\on  my  impressions  "for  what  they  were  C~ 
worth':..  Having\had  practical  experience  in  Publicity,  S 
in  Advertising, \in  Promoting,in  Salesmanship, and  also  ■  f 
in  Music, it  seente  as  if  I  might  have  some  business  sw 
sense  as  to  the  market  value  of  things. 


A  large  majority  tof  buyers  do  not  discriminate  between 
nice  differences  of  tone,-  bpt  the  skilful  salesman  can 
make  the  dullest  fees  the  difference  between  a  Muffler 
of  tone, and  a  reai  Modulator, easily  controlled.  Then  it 
is  etfsy  for  any  salesman  that  is  worth  his  salt  to  make  a 
convincing  point  qf  the»bother,,of  winding  before  every 
record, instated  of  {after  every  fifth  or  sixth.  These  de¬ 
sirable  points  were  worked  on  me  quite  eloquently, be¬ 
fore  it  was  known  [that,  for  me,  there  is  but  one  "Ed-i-so- 
na“  in  the  world.  | 

These  points— rmodulation  and  lees  frequent  winding — 
would  not  swerve  real  music-lovers  who  will  hear  The 
Diamond  Disc  before  deciding;  but  as  a  business  man  fa¬ 
miliar  with  salesmanship, I  am  quite  sure  that  it  is  not 
the  part  of  business  wisdom  to  ignore  or  under-value 
the  Selling  power  otf  the  features  named.  Any  real  sales¬ 
man  who  knows  his  business, can  easily  put  these  conve¬ 
niences  forwardias  essentials,  and  easily  oonverfthe 
hesitating  buyer.  This  stirred  my  Business  Instinct, and 
so  I  juet  passed  along  my  impressjtpns  of  what  has  to  be 
encountered  in  the  my  of  business  rivalry.  In  a  long 
and  varied  business  experience  I  have  found  it  wise  to 
always  "watch  out"  if  I  wanted  to  keep  at  the  head  of  the 
procession.  That  is  all  I  had  in  mind; but  as  you  are 
no  doubt  doing  this  -eery  thing, I 'll  not  permit  my  genuine 
interest  to  make  me  Hbutt  in  "  aga in-! - 


Mr.Thoe  A.  Edison, 
Laboratory. ...... 


Miss  Ayers---  l  no 
Miss  BuchbinderVYes 


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Mr.  Edison:-  \ _ 

'jfe  recommend  your  consideration  of 
„  Buchbinder '  s  services  in  the'llusical  apartment 
compared  with  Mies  Ayers,  because  of  the  following 
tc|nparison  of  ..theiiT Musical  abilities: 

pg: 

in  addition  Miss  Buchbinder  can  use  Typewriter 
and  can  be  useful  in  Cataloging  &  coping  &  rearranging 
music,  doing  clerical  work  and  even  correspondence  when 
not  singing. 

Summing  up,  Miss  Ayers  has  a  better  voice  but 
does'nt  read  well  and  is  of  no  use  except  for  Singing, 
Miss  Buchbinder  con  read  at  sight,  play  Piano  when 
Miss  Imgrund  is  to  be  used  as  Alto  and  be  useful  in 
clerical  work. 

May  we  not  divide  the  work  up  between  them. 


January  16,  1916. 


7  Congressman  from  the  27th 


You  doubtless  remember  the  ’.Yard  boys  of  ilowark, 
gtep-aons  of  the  former  but  no  w  deceased  president  of  the 
Prudential. 

One  of  thorn  is 
District  of.  flew  York. 

I  was  talking  with  him,  miner  down  to  Washington, 
a  fow  days  ago. 

X  have  had  the  idea,  for  a  long  time,  of  making 
diamond  disc  records  of  the  voices  of  prominent  men  of  today. 

I  have  felt  that  a  groat  many  of  them  would  be  willing  to 
paj  a  reasonable  prSe  for  a  master  mould  and  a  hundred  or 
two  records  struck  off  from  the  mould  for  distribution 
among  their  friends,  the  moulds  to  be  preserved  for  their 
posterity. 

Ward  lias  a  plan  of  introducing  a  bill  in  Congress 
to  the  effect  of  making  phonograph  rocords  for  permanent 
preservation  of  the  speeches  of  our  prominent  statesmen 
etc.  In  that  case,  the  Government  will  paj  the  bill,  and 
the  statesmen  will  be  benefitted. 

as  I  say  it  would  be  an  oxcellent  advertisement 
for  the  Diamond  Disc  and,  once  incorporated  in  the  annual 
proceedings  of  Congress,  could  bo  pulled  off  for  a  great 
many  years. 

I  think  Ward  and  I  can  put  it  through. 

Y/hat  would  it  cost  to  make,  and  what  should  1'homas 
A.  Edison,  Inc.  get  for  each  mould  and  each  record  struck 
from  the  mould? 

Please  figure  out  a  price,  net  to  mo, .and  I  will 
do  the  rest. 

It  will  necessitate  sending  a  man  down  to  Washington 
with  a  recording  machine,  for  the  Congressmen,  etc.  to  cull 
at  their  convenience  and  at  statedhours  to  make  the  records. 
They  should,  of  course,  prepare  a  Bpeech  beiorehand. 


Shore  is,  of  eouraa ,  a  possibility  of  their 
being  able  to  use  these  records  for  campaign  purposes,  in 
which  event  the  advertisement  will  be  evon  greater  thad  the 
resultant  sales  of  maohinos  correspondingly  increased. 

She  plan  would,  of  course,  extend  to  the 
Senate  and  the  Cabinet  Officers. 


HUSCIIISOi!. 


p-o.  Box  ies. 


Toilet  Articles,  Neilson’s 
it-  Johnston's  Chocolates, 
Edison  cC  Victor  Goods, 
Fishing  Tackle. 


N.  E.  SVDDABY 
Drug  and  Book  Store 


Kodaks,  Typewriter  Supplies, 
Wall  Papers,  Office  Fixtures 
and  Supplies.  Fountain  Pens, 
Soda  Fountain. 


range, K.  J. 


1  have  been  told  by  a  traveller  from^hej 
Pacific  that  Hew  Zealand  Greenstone  is  hardedHhan  ^0i^or  ^ 

He  oays  that  they  use  a  diamond  to  poli«*  and'^t  it .( 
This  may  not  he  true, hut  it  occurred  to  me,  since,  trhk^/if  so.itf 
might  he  used  in  place  of  the  diamond  point, as  it  not  expensive.J 
Unless  you  have  some  information  on  this  subject, it  ^ 
might  he  worth  investigating. 

This  is  not  Japanese  Jade, being  much  greener  in  color 
and  entirely  different  in  hardness. 

On  the  chance  that  this  may  he  of  some  value  to  you, 


Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  W.  S.  Carpenter  of  the 

T3  t  flU  Pont  de  Hemours  ana  Company,  tells  us  k 

that*you  are  inquiring  of  him  as  to  what  progress  V 

was  being  made  hy  the  Arlington  Company  in  the 
matter  of  tubing  for  your  cylindrical  records. 

We  regret  to  say,  that  up 

to  the  present  time,  we  have  no  W*1®*®0*"*??®"**8 
to  report.  We  are  however,  continuing  our  e:f*or*s 
and  experiments,  ana  our  Engineering  Department  advises 
that  they  hope  hy  about  February  1st  ,  to  be  in  a 
position  to  report  progress,  and  probably  submit 
samples  with  cost  estimates. 


We  shall  advise  you  as  soon  as 
this  report  is  received,  and  looking  ith 
possibility  of  satisfactory  business  relations  with 
you,  we  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly. 


IF  ITS  GASKETS 
PACKINGS  YOU  WA 
WE  HAVE  THEM 


The  Gasket  Supply  Co. 


The  Standard  Gasket  Company,  Inc. 


BUY  ALL  YOUR  GASKETS 
FROM  US  AND  AVOID 
MANY  ACCOUNTS 


“Right"  Gaskets,  Packings,  Washers,  Stampings,  Punches  and  Dies 


Nfhomas  A.  Edison,  Pros. 

]  Edison  Phonograph  Co 


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| J  East  Orange,  II. 3. 

j/*,  -gjar  ** 

last  decemher  1  pnrohaseii  one  of  your  Diamond  / 
Disc  Phonographs,  and  am  desirous  of  using  some  of  the 
Victor  records  on  this  machine,  hut  your  printed  matter 
advises  strongly  that  no  other  than  Edison  records  he 
used  with  the  Diamond  point  Eeproducer. 

I  have  asked  the  Victor  Talking  HachjLrie  Co.  to 
furnish  me  one  of  their  reproducers,  hut  theydecline, 
and  state  that  even  with  an  attachment  of  their  own  make 
the  results  would  not  he  satisfactory  on,, an  Edison  machine, 
as  the  cabinej  and  sounding  box  or  hoard  are  not  similar, 
and  too  they  prefer  that  Victor  Records  he  played  on  Victor 
Machines . 

X  advised  them  that  as- I  was  poor  X  could  not  have 
both  machines,  hut  after  careful  consideration  had  selected 
the  Edison,  and  that  the  only  thing  that  I  could  do  if  I 
wanted  to  have  some  of  their  records,  whddh  I  thought  that 
they  were  willing  to  sell  any  one,  was  to  get  one  of  their 
attachments . 

Do  you  make,  or  do  you  know  of  any  one  that  does 
make  an  attachment  that  will  render  the  Victor  Records 
sat is'f act orsly  oh  your  machine?  If  so  will  you  kindly  let 
me  %ar  f$om  fo u  promptly,  with  price,  and  you  will  greatly 


/  ]  *  j  UO-&  tSjanuary  17 

j  "jrwm*a*,YiH 

-|>L  jf"  CUV 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  W?  V  .  , 

Orange,  New  Jersey  ()  \/  „  V/s^.a*w.*«  4vt*  !.««**■* 

vWWirU^fe  ^  rfc 

Dear  Sir:  ^  ^  ^ 

This  is  a  letter  of  freak  advice, rone  of  the  C 
many  yon  receive,  perhaps,  every  day. 

I  am  a  sort  of  a  fiend  for  talking  maohine 
music.  X  am  also  a"tinkerern  and  now  and  then  I  try  someth 
on  my  maohine  that  is  against  the  printed  instructions 
hut  furnishes  amusement  for  me  and  that  is  the  purpose 
of  takling  machines.  If  you  can  make  them  rook  the 
cradle  or  play  the  piano-that  is  amusing. 

lately  I  have  been  wondering  if  two  sounding 
pieces  would  he  practical — one  to  carry  the  vocal  vibration 
and  one  to  carry  the  instrumental  vibrations— having 
the  two  lines  parralelling  each  other,  setting  one 
sounding  pieoe  or  transmitter  on  the  opposite  side  of 
the  record  and  running  another  tube  into  the  sound  box. 

This  would  necessitate  speoial  records  and  it 
might  not  be  worth  while— but  it  would  give  more  volume 
and  that  is  what  I  like— I  want  the  whole  state  to  hear 
my  machine  when  I  am  playing. 

I  am  a  printer  by  trade.  I  have  risen  to  the 
rank  of  manager  of  Montana's  largest  job  printing  shop. 

As  my  mother  used  to  say  "You  waste  lots  of  time  on 
trying  to  do  something  easy"  but  I  put  this  into  praotioe 
in  my  plant— some  of  the  fool,  things  I  create  cause  no 
little  amusement — thats  what  makes  life  easier. 

If  one  of  your  fourth  assistants  could  answer 
this  letter  I  will  be  heartily  satisfied. 


Yours  truly, 


Leland  Stamford  Junior  University 


DEPARTMENT  OF  ECONOMI 


Stanford  University,  Cat.,  Jan.  17*  1916. 


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r,  i  uc$LJ^  U 4.  W  y). 

^tZ  A.  Edisfe^n^  __ 

Advertising  Department,  v-/yc  Vf  „  r-f'r' 

Orange,  N.  J.  V>^  X  r  li 

urn-  r  (  ^  f 

W  your' 


Gentlemen: 


Tiroular  letter  of  Jp6uary™5cf 
ieaxing  your  machine  eeyeral  times  at 
bco  Exposition  I  bouglyE  one  and  while  I 
your  sound  reproduction  is  more  satis- 
i act'or^ than  that  of  any  othe/machine,  I  have  been  deep- 
ippointed  in  my  effort  to  get  satisfactory  re- 

referring  Particularly  to  the  y/ooal  ones, 
of  the  best  songarare  imposeible  beoause  of  Jpt 
qual^/of  the  voices  which. you  have ichcy 

ir  records/  I  have  been  forced  therefore  to 
the  advanjtfage  which  I  hope^to  gain  from  the 
mdphiityi^  provldlng^lfiyself  with  a  Viotor  re¬ 
producer  JiHa  Victor  records. 

Jtoure  very  truly, 


n  produoer 

1)'^ , 

&CJL  (hZ  Acj£<^ 

fcUt  adu^  >  \ 


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LELAND  STANFORD  JUNIOR  UNIVERgl 


Stanford  Univorsn 


h**1 

”tly  *°  ^ {Kk  S^S&'.^sw 


Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcraft, 

Edison's  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 


r  27  til  I 

disappointed  in  being  unable'jjto"  seoijre  Edison  record*  by 
the  artists  whose  names  are  ^ 

neotion  with  grand  opera.  X  need  o/fly  mention  Melba, 

Homer,  Sohumann-Heink  as  examples 

'VunA  (1/u.cm**-  t  u.-  . 

could  be  lengthened  very  greaUy.  Of  opyrse  X /tried  thl 


substitutes  and  have  two  satisfactory  records'  by  Anna ,w,  \ 

~~y  04®  v<? 

BTietand  Bi^,  not  wholly  satis- 
— A_pepcer ,  also  a  fewjothei^'noneLif^  , 

MjggeAg M&ttu 

listened  to  over  a  hunSrecl,  spending  a  dp od  many  afjter-U  / $ 

A.^tV  £riv».w»lU. 

noons  at  the  task.  *-  » 

I  am  not  a  trainel  xmBioianrn*a  oft|J 

«  V.-1  +  4  n  i  am  4a  +.>!«  AVTlT*fiHS  1  011 


Case  and  one  by  Alice  Ve| 
factory,  by  Elizabeth^p|ficer 
whioh  are  entirely 


music,  so  what  I  say  in  criticism  is  the^expressi^i  of^^ 
an  amateur  who  knows 

Qvf! 


to  desoribe  it  in  teohV^alv'Teffms. 

First,  perfectly  good  son^B  are  spoiled  by| 
mannerisms,  thus  in  Old  Folks  at  Home  Christine  Miller 
spoils  the  piece  by  introducing  a  porfoetly  good  sob  or 
two  whioh  makes  the  performance  ridioulouB  when  the 
record  is  heard  a  seoond  time.  In  Tipperary  the  musio, 


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2 

which  is  good,  is  sacrificed  to  the  words,  which  are 
trivial,  by  the  singer’s  staccato  enunciation.  It  is 
rather  a  recitation  set  to  music  than  a  song. 

Second,  there  is  often  an  apparent  effort  at 
mere  loudness  with  the  result  that  the  true  note  is 
smothered  in  a  maze  of  eohoes. 

These  are  my  criticisms  of  the  artists  if  I 
am  right  in  my  explanation  of  the  second  fault. 

However  it  may  be  that  the  room  in  which  the 
original  song  was  sung  produced  inharmonious  echoes. 

I  cannot  tell  the  oause  but  the  effect  is  found  in  the 
Rosary  and  Annie  Laurie  for  examples.  Generally  this 
defeot  is  in  records  of  the  contralto  and  tenor  voices 
and  in  the  middle  register  rather  than  in  the  very  low 
or  very  high  notes. 

Third,  whether  due  to  the  voice  or  the 
reproducer  or  something  extraneous,  many  notes  -  often 
the  high  ones  -  sound  as  if  a  tin  pan  were  vibrating  in 
sympathy.  I  have  examined  the  maohine  with  great  oare 
in  an  effort  to  locate  the  cause  of  this  blaring  and 
cannot  find  it.  I  suspect  it  is  often  in  the  original 
reoord  though  I  know  it  is  not  always  to  be  explained 
that  way.  I  bought  ray  maohine  of  the  Emporium  store  and 
on  my  complaint  a  man  oame  to  examine  it ,  also  a  man  from 
one  of  the  other  stores  in  San  Francisco,  neither  could 


find  the  oause  of  trouble, 


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finally i  it  is  "bad  business  not  to  allow  the 
return  of  a  record.  Some  of  these  defects  do  not  reveal 
themselves  on  the  trial  at  the  dealer's  shop  but  appear 
as  soon  as  the  record  is  put  on  my  own  maohine  whloh  is 
a  new  one  and  an  expensive  one,  and  this  discourages  me 
in  trying  to  collect  a  stock  of  Edison  voice  records. 

You  will  observe  that  my  reference  is  to  vooal  records 
only. 

I  may  add  that  I  have  compared  mine  with  two 
other  high  priced  Edison  machines  in  my  neighborhood  and 
the  objectionable  features  are  as  prominent  in  both  cases 
as  in  that  of  my  own.  X  have  asked  one  of  my  friends, 
Professor  A.  C.  Whitaker,  to  write  you  of  his  own  exper¬ 
ience.  If  you  can  make  helpful  suggestions  we  shall 
appreciate  it. 


Very  truly  yours, 


HBPOHT  OS  PHONOGRAPH  SAECHAHIUH  Aim  HOBS 
COHSTIdJCTED  AT  THE  i'OHD  FAOTOHT 


Hr.  Edlaon:- 


X  have  examined  the  meotenism,  built  at  the  Ford  Plant,  very  care¬ 
fully  and  wish  to  make  the  following  report; 

The  only  radical  ohange  in  this  design  over  our  present  model  is  the 
use  of  a  single  casting  combining  Top  Plate,  Turn  Table, 3nlndle  Bracket  &  Barrel 
Shaft  Support  Braoket. 

Advantages;-  (1)  Hoatness  in  appearance. 

(2)  Two  castings,  (one  for  single  Barrel  Typo,  and  one  for  double 
Barrel  Type)  to  handle,  instead  of  4  as  on  our  present  model. 

(3)  Saves  total  of  14  drilled  holes. 

(4)  Has  more  rigid  construction. 

(5)  Ho  profiling. 

Di sadvantagos ; - 

(1)  Loss  on  large  castings  due  to  blow  holes  &  slips  in  machining. 

(2)  More  dil'fioult  to  got  oa3tings  to  run  uniform  so  that  holoo 
will  oome  central  with  various  lugs  and  bosses. 

(3)  More  expensive  easting  because  of  2  or  3  cores  roquirod. 

(4)  Loss  from  handling  complicated  casting. 

(5)  Difficulty  in  drilling  the  Governor  and  Turn  Table  Spindle  Holes 
accurately  because  of  distance  from  edge  of  the  casting. 

(6)  Great  first  cost  of  Jigs  and  special  machinery  required,  we  have 
machine  almost  finished  to  drill  21  of  the  23  holeB  in  Top  Plate  at  one  operation. 
This  will  save  3  or  4  men  and  produce  300  Top  Plate  in  10  hours. 

V/e  have  in  use  now  machine  Jigs  for  Turn  Table  Spindle  Bracket 
which  operates  very  satisfactorily. 

Machines  aro  being  built  for  the  Barrel  Shaft  Support  Castings. 

when  those  ace  all  in  operation  a  big  saving  will  bo  effected 
with  a  relatively  low  initial  cost. 

(7)  Complication  on  production  beowuse  Of  2  pattoms  required  for 
ainglo  and  double  Spring  models.  On  prosent  model  our  Top  Plato  is  used  on  all 
modolo.  Also  one  Spindle  Braoket  .  Wo  have  2  Barrel  Shaft  patterns  but  these 
are  small  castings  and  oaBily  handled  and  quickly  moulded  and  machined. 

(8)  Will  have  to  change  model  entirely  to  use  single  oustings  as 
this  moans  a  different  spring  barrel  construction.  (To  bo  explained  later). 

(9)  Die  Ford  model  Is  for  double  spring  typo  whioh  has  a  shorter 
winding  shaft  than  single  spring.  This  method  of  oaeting  would  uot  allow  the 
assembly  of  the  long  winding  shaft  used  on  single  spring  typo  and  would  moan 
changes  of  winding  shaft  construction. 

Tho  sooond  improtant  point  in  the  doslgn  of  this  model  Is  the 
re-arrangement  of  tho  Spring  Barrels. 

Our  prosent  oonetruotion  makes  tho  Main  Spring  Barrel.  Winding 
Gear  and  Barrel  Shaft  one  piece.  This  holde  spring  barrel  rigidly  and  distributes 
tho  pull  of  opring  on  to  Barrel  Shaft  Bearings,  whioh  are  stationary,  while 
machine  io  playing,  thfto  doing  away  with  any  trouble  from  lack  of  lubrication  at 
this  point,  and  also  relieving  the  Barrel  Covor.v/hioh  io  a  punching  of  any  strain 
form  the  spring. 

<5? 


satisfactory,  for  it  non 
6  email  so r era.  Eho  hoi 
tapped  at  ono  operation 
All  othor 
Edison  machine.  I  would 
parts  are  the  oxponaive 

A  model  of  —  . -  - 

Chis  horn  differed  from  our  standard  in  shape  and  design.  It  is  made  of  one  pieoe 
blonoked  and  folded  into  shape.  Also  the  wire  around  the  bell  was  loft  out. 

We  have  found  that  the  tone  is  injured  by  ohnngeing  the  shape  of  tlus 
horn,  and  also  by  leaving  out  the  wire  on  the  bell.  Iho  tool  cost  on  this  horn 
would  bo  very  higi,  but  moat  serious  are  the  flat  sides  formed  by  bonding  up  from 
ono  place*  _  . 

I  \vioh  to  point  out  that  tho  brass  brackets  now  usod  on  our  horns  will 
shortly  be  roplaoed  by  oast  iron  brackets  at  a  saving  of  approximately  10 £  per  horn. 
Also  we  are  arranging  to  substitute  a  tube  made  from  scrap  tin  in  place  of  the 
brass  tube  now  used.  We  are  also  making  arrangements  to  make  the  Pood  Hack  and 
Frame  in  one  pieoe  instead  of  two,  and  of  lighter  stock.  I  estimate  that  about 
20(1  per  horn  will  be  saved  by  those  improvements. 


Assistant  Chief  Engineer. 


JPC iHSH 


January  10  th.  1016. 


floaae  3<ooj>  In  mind  tho  results  desired,  a 
of  thin  niomo,  as  you  aro  responsible  for  those 
oonduoting  tho  toots  la  left  ontlroly  to  your  o 


outlined  a 
jimlts,  sun 
1  jud(jnsnt. 


tho  beginning 
manner  of 


John  E.  Constable, 
Anal ot ant  Chief  Engineer. 


Ji'CiUSH 


Hob ora. 


Edison,  Ventres,  Leaning,  and  file. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  inc. 

Engineering  2>epavtment  motice 


IN  REFERENCE  TO  SUGGESTION  FOR  IMPROVEMENT  No. 


RECOMMENDED  BY 
APPROVED  BY 


N0..I.A6 . 

.  DATE..J=»> 


APPROVED  BY 


Pleaso  note  that  lor  nomotimo  past,  ao  Disc  or  Amborola  Reproduoera 
have  haen  sent  to  Mr.  0.3.  Hayes  for  toot.  As  Mr.  Edison  dosiras  to  koop  in 
touch  wi  th  the  Reproducer  manufacturing,  the  following  procedure  will  take 
effect  immediately. 

Mr.  Halpin  will  take  from  a  stoek  of  minimum  of  twelve  (12)  Diso 
Reproducers  and  six  ( 6)  Amborola  Reproduoors  per  week,  and  deliver  same  to 
Mr.  Hay pa  for  teat.  Mr  Hayes  will  report  on  thorn  directly  to  me,  and  1  will 
report  to  Mr.  Edison  on  general  report  from  Mr.  Halpin'a  Dep't. 

Hr.  Hayes  will  use  his  judgment  regarding  the  numbor  of  Reproducers 
tested  above  tho  minimum  given  above.  Ho  will  also  arrange  these  toBto  so  that 
as  little  delay  ao  possible  occurs,  to  prevont  a  hold  up  of  production. 


John  P.  Constable, 


Assistant  Chief  Engineer. 


0.0.  to  Messrs.  Edison.  Chao.  Edison,  Wilson,  Looming,  Bachman, 

Ventres,  J.E.M.  Simpson,  Halpin,  C.3.  Hayea,  and  file. 


CHIEF  ENGINEER 


announcing  and  adverting  Dora  Becker,  this  lady  lives  in  Newark  and  is 
married  to  one  of  the  public  Bbhool  principals  here,  I  had  a  number  of 
people  ask  me  if  we  had  any  of  her  records  until  today  I  was  ignorant  as 
to  whom  they  refered  to  I  understand  this  woman  is  an  accomplished 
violinist  and  well  known  in  the  East  playing  at  a  number  of  musical 
entertainments  and  concerts,  she  made  all  Betinni's  Violin  records,  until 
he  moved  his  laboratories  to  Paris,  she  has  never  played  for  the  Victor 
and  is  anxious  to  have  some  of  her  records  made  on  the  Edison,  Mr.  C.  G. 
Shaffer  her  husband  is  an  Edison  Diamond  booster.  I  would  suggest  you 
send  this  literature  over  to  Mr.  Edison  for  his  consideration,  she  is 
playing  at  the  Eliot  School  January  21st.  this  would  be  an  opportunity 
for  us  to  hoar  her  and  pass  on  her  ability  . 


Yours  Truly 

Prank  J.  Higgins. 


UKu£m|  -%UyrxK<U*U 

R  E  D  ERIC  A.  WHITINlM  Ci^Wt  1^**  W«- 

LEVEN  STATE  STREET W-J  JLo-t 

RAMINCHAM  :  !  MASS.  >  ^  '  ,  f  '  , 

»,  d.«r  «Sdl3-U«U.^'*“  *" 


That  shows  that  you  do  not  realise  my  attitude. 
I  have  not  made  any  "criticism. "  I  huve  only 
aimed  to  give  (possibly)  information  regarding 
other  instruments  competing  with  "  uuru. " 
(Note  that  I  do  not  say  Youro.  I  eay  Ours 
because  my  personal  interest  is  identical  with 
your  own, and  hardly  less. ) 


not, furniture.  True.  But  in  a  phonograph  the 
two  aro  inseparable. ’You  can't  prevent  its 
being  furniture. land  if  it  can  bo  pieusing 
or  unobtrusive; or  ^different"  furniture,  and 
yet  suprome  musically , you  win  a  big  advantage 
over- the  mero  phonograph >housed  in  the  conven- 


t ional , ph  on  opraph 
I  am  around  among 
homos, and  I  know 


,boxy  typo  of  furniture. 


it  ovor-painto  tho  rocord  and  t.ho  singer, but  it 
interooto,and  helps  make  tho  music  effective. 

Thio  is  why  I  keep  my  records  (about  250  of  thorn) 
in  tho  cases  ir.stoad  of  in  tho  cabinot—nnd  I 
find  othero  like  to  do  thin  also. 

For  mo  then, I  would  like  a  laboratory  Edioona 
without  tho  lower  part,  — nimilar  to  tho  "80”— 
to  plaoo  on  a  hoavy  library  table.  It  would  bo 
leeo  objectionable  ao  furniture  by  far, and  would 
bo  convenient, a3  tho  records  to  be  exhibited 
could  be  on  the  table, at  tho  Bide  of  tho  phono¬ 
graph.  Suroly  such  an  instrument  (roally  an 
enlarged  and  perfected  "80")  could  bo  furnished 
for  about  $100. — and  ono  could  put  tho  differ¬ 
ence  into  records!  Then  I  could  morn  easily 
tako  it  to  my  summer  heme, by  the  sea.  I  convert¬ 
ed  more  than  ono  liotonor  into  buyers, last  sum¬ 
mer, to  tho  benefit  of "Thou  A. Edison, Inc!'— but 
not  a  nickol  of  advantage  for  me— just  my  sin¬ 
cere  loyalty  and  enthusiasm! 


Two  days  ago, in  Boston,I  called  at  192  Boylston 
Stroet,whGro  the  Vocalion  has  opened  vory  attract 
ivo  rooms.  Mr. Martin  attended  to  my  caoe.  Ho  has 


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You  have  asked  me  to  say  something  on  my  birthday.  Ibeliei 
5  younger  every  year.  I  hope  you  are,  too. 


'ind  us  doing  Btill  big 


bigger  things  today  than  we  were  a 
;  Btill  bigger  things.  We,  here  at 


year  ago.  Next  year 


the  Diamond  Disc.  We  have  promised  to  Re-Create  some  of  the  symphonies. 

I  am  spending  my  birthday  in  the  new  Recording  Laboratory  working  on  plar 
for  Re-Creating  these  symphonies.  I  know  of  no  better  way  to  spend  a  bii 
day.  I  know  every  Edison  dealer  will  be  glad  to  hear  this. 


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AssistanUdhief  Engineer. 


January  21,  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  taken  up  with  leeming  the  question  of  oahinets, 
light  production,  unfilled  orders,  etc.,  and  he  is  now  working  on 
a  report  covering  the  entire  situation,  which  will  he  in  your  hands 
tomorrow.  This  will  apply  not  only  to  the  Phonograph  end  of  the 
business  hut  also  to  the  Bates  end. 

cm/im 


'■’Jp' 


to  Mr.  Edison  I  think  I  had  better  ask  you 
to  make  a  memorandum  to  reply  to  each  of  the 
points  specified  by  Ur.  UacDonald. 

In  order  to  save  Ur.  Edison's 
time;and  so  that  he  shall  not  have  to  refer  from 
one  paper  to  another,  I  have  had  a  copy  of  Mr. 
Macdonald's  letter,  made  and  will  have  a  liberal 
space  left  between  each  question,  so  that  you 
can  write  your  answer  after  the  question,  and 
then  Mr.  Edison  con  read  right  along. 


V.'.  H.  MEADOWCROEME. 


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47  Hobson  Street, 
Brighton,  Mass. 
Jan'.  19th.  1916. 


Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Attention  of  wm.  H.  Headowcroft,  Asst 

Dear  Sir,- 


beg  to  say  that  ll'your  repre-^J 


In  reply  to  yours  of  Dec.  28th,  -  „ —  ry  .  . 

sentative  called  at  my  home  yesterday  and  gave  my  disc  phonograph ^an  /  /  \ 
overhauling  with  the  result  that  it  appears  to  be  running  better  than  , 

at  any  time  since  its  purchase  about  two  and  one-half  years  ago.  JGry*  J 
wish  to  thank  you  for  your  attention  to  this  matter  and  appreciative 
your  desire  to  give  satisfaction.  Vr\Yg 

Being  engaged  on  business  along  mechanical 'engineering  lines\ 

I  have  been  very  much  interested  in  the  mechanical  features  of  these  \ 
machines  aside  from  its  beautiful  qualities  on  sound  reproduction.  In 
this  connection  may  I  offer  a  few  remarks  concerning  its  construction 
from  the  standpoint  of  machine  design  rather  in  the  way  of  suggestion 
than  criticism,  such  remarks  being  based  on  its  actual  use  as  we  have  J 
found  it.  A/OTt  -  ««  ««  ^’V^P* 

1.  In  order  to  "graphite"  the  springs,  holes  fitted  with  plugs  are 
provided  on  the  circumference  of  the  casing;  presumably  it  being  ex¬ 
pected  that  the  graphite  will  find  its  way  inward  between  the  coils 

of  the  spring  as  it  opens  and  closes.  Is  it  not  more  the  tendency  for 
the  graphite  to  work  its  way  outward  rather  than  inward  and  the  only 
practical  way  for  its  introduction  is  from  the  sides  when  the  spring 
is  open.  It  seems  very  doubtful  if  filling  the  casing  at  the  plugs 
mentioned  will  ever  get  the  graphite  in  to  where  it  will  do  any  good. 

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2.  Springs  with  casing  and  gear  turn  on  a  stationary  shaft,  but  no 
means  are  provided  for  oiling  this  shaft. 

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3.  The  blocks  forming  the  bearings  for  the  horizontal  shafts  have  the 
holes  bevelled  on  the  outside  end,  in  some  places  apparently  with  the 
expectation  that  the  oil  from  the  supply  tube  will  flow  in  better. 

The  fact  that  some  of  these  bearings  frequently  run  dry  show  that  this 


.t  some  of  these  bearings  frequently  run  dry  show  that  this 
t  effective])  there  being  little  tendency  for  the  oil  to 
aring  but  instead  dropping  down  on  the  bottom  of  the  wood- 

1^.  u.  ot— p  —  ^ 


4.  As  before  mentioned  is  not  the  thrust  bearing  on  shaft  carrying  the 
spiral  gear  which  drives  the  vertical  shaft  located  on  the  wrong  end  as 
assembled  in  the  factory.  ^ 


t^rErf  ^ 


Would  not  the  motor  run  more  quietly  if  the  brass  spiral  gear  driv- 
;he  governor  shaft  was  made  with  a  wider  face.  As  it  is  now  the 
is  so  narrow  that  when  running  at  a  high  speed  as  it  does  each 
i  strikes  a  miniature  blow  on  its  meshing  tooth  rather  than  giving 
imooth  gliding  motion  that  it  should.  . 

^  *1  * 


In  connection  with  the  development  of.  thfeopho  no  graph  is  it 
possible  to  secure  a  "write  up"  giving  its  complete  iiistory  since  its 
inception  including  both  "hill  and  dale"  add  "lateralXcuts"  with  photc 
graphs  of  different  machines  and  microscopic  photograph  enlargements 
of  the  surface  of  the  records.  I  am  .anxious  to  secure  such  informa¬ 
tion  in  order  to  prepare  an  illustrated  lecture  on  the  phonograph  up 
to  its  final  development  on  the  diamond  disc  and  will  appreciate  any 
such  information  which  might  serve  to  mutual  advantage./ 

As**-  truly  yours, 

(signed)  J.  V.’.  f/ Macdonald. 


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Jan.  25th.  1916. 


Mr.  J.  V. .  F.  Macdonald, 

47  Hobson  Street, 

Brighton,  Mass. 


Dear  Sir: 


Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  19th  instant,  1  beg 
to  reply  to  your  questions  in  the  order  of  their  number. 


1.  In  our  latest  type  of  instrument 
graphite  rolled  into  the  springs  when  they  are  c 
mill.  T.e  still  have  a  little  trouble,  and  v:e 
this  all  the  time. 


we  use  dry 
soiled  at  the 
re  working  on 


graphite 
care  of. 


2.  There  is  an  oil  hole  in  the  spring  casing, 
and  oil  in  the  spring,  lubrication  of  tho  shaft 


T.ith 
is  taken 


3.  The  point  you  make  under  this  number  has  been  taken 
care  of,  and  changes  have  been  made  accordingly  in  our  latest 
model. 


4.  We  have  found  on  investigation  that  on  account  of 
poor  inspection  a  number  of  instruments  were  sent  out  with  gover¬ 
nor  shafts  in  wrong. 


5.  This  could  only  be  ascertained  after  a  great  many 
experiments  and  with  a  large  number  of  machines.  We  expect  to 
take  this  up  when  wo  have  some  more  leisure. 

In  regard  to  the  information  you  desire  as  to  the  de- 
•  velopmont  of  the  phonograph  and  records,  I  would  refer  you  to  the 
following-:  (1)  "Edison;  His  Life  and  Inventions  by  Dyer  and  Martin 
also  "Boys'  Life  of  Edison"  by  Meadowcroft,  both  published  by 
Harper  &  Brothers; (2)  description  of  thelateralcutsyBtem  in 
Scientific  American  Supplement  #766,  of  September  6th,  1890,  (3) 
for  photog  micrographs  of  vertical  and  lateral  systems,  scientific 
American,  Uoverabor  13tli,  if6- 


Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  fir.  Edison. 


Copies  to  Messrs.  Edi 


Charles  Edison,  Uambert 


In  line  .with  your  memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  of  yesterday,  re¬ 
garding  Phonograph  and  hates  Production: 

Please  note  that  I  will  advise  Monday  afternoon  the  situation 
on  eaoh  size  and  finish  of  phonograph  that  we  manufacture,  both 
Diso  and  Cylinder.  .  I  am  unable  to  give  you  this  information  at  this 
moment  booauso  our  weekly  inventory  showing  the  situation  on  unfilled 
orders,  ole.  is  not  completed  until  the  olose  of  business  today.  I 
will  have  thiB  inventory  Monday  morning. 


With  reference  to  Bates  Manufacturing  Department  Production: 

While  the  sales  for  tho  past  4  weofcB  have  been  on  a  much  lower 
basis  than  the  weeks  immediately  previous,  it  is  nevertheless  a  faot 
that  the  value  of  tho  product  manufactured  for  8  or  10  weeks  past 
has  been  approximately  the  same  eaoh  week.  ilr.  Burnham,  Sales 
Manager  of  tho  Bates  Manufacturing  Co.,  has  for  several  months  been 
endeavoring  to  secure  through  the  Western  Eleotrio  Co.,  purchasing 
agents  for  the  Western  Union  holograph  Co.,  what  will  undoubtedly 
prove  to  be  a  very  large  and  satisfactory  business  in  a  special 
type  of  numbering  machine  and  engraved  slugs.  Sovorul  weeks  ago 
a  second  trial  order  for  142  machines  and  1134  -  1,  2  and  3  letter 
engraved  slugs  was  placed  with  us  with  the  understanding  that  when 
a  certain  number  of  machines  und  slugs  were  oompleted,  the  Weetorn 
Union  would  send  an  engineer  to  our  plant  to  inspect  them.  Por 
4  weeks  paBt ,  during  whioh  period  our  manufacture  of  regular  pro¬ 
duction  has  been  reduced,  thus  affecting  our  saleB,  we  have  been 
manufacturing  against  this  Western  Union  special  order.  Several 
days  ago,  tho  Western  Union  Co.  were  notified  to  send  their  engineer, 
but  there  appears  to  have  grown  up,  some  hitch  between  the' Western 
Union  and  the  Western  Electric  Co. ,  anti  as  yot  tho  goodB  are  unshipped. 
2he  value  of  tho  finished  product,  however,  is  sufficient  to  bring 
the  sales  of  the  pastn4  woekB  to  a  point  sovoral  hundred  dollars  in 
excess  of  the  sales  for  tho  preceding  weekB.  In  view  of  tho  present 
unoertain  oondition  regarding  these  special  maohines,  I  have  oaused 
further  manufacture  to  bo  stopped  on  the  unfinished  portion  of  the 
order  and  have  started  the  department  on  a  full  overtime  Bohadulo 
on  our  regular  produotion  wh'fdh  will  have  a  tendency  to  pull  down  un¬ 
filled  orders  very  rapidly.  We  have  all  neoeBsary  available  parts 
for  qulok  assembling. 

She  manner  in  whioh  we  are  manufacturing  these  special  machines 
on  trial  orders  for  the  Western  Union  is  unsatisfactory,  and  several 
days  ago  I  took  up  with  Ur.  Burnham  the  question  of  Beouring  from 
t&em  as  early  as  possible  a  definite  order  or  oontraot  for  a  quantity 
of  these  maohines  and  speoial  engraved  slugs  whioh  would  warrant  our 
produolng  proper  toolB  and  gauges  so  that  the  manufacture  from  time 
to  time  of  small  quantities  of  the  speoial  maohines  and  slugs  oould 
be  effeoted  without  materially  affooting  the  production  of  our  regular 
produot.  Mr.  Burnham,  I  understand,  is  now  working  on  this  matter, 
together  with  the  question  of  releasing  the  goods  already  manufactured. 

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Supplementing  my  Memo.  of  Jan.  22  regarding  Phonograph  and 
Bates  Produotion: 

V. Union  .nohlnoo  tint  lav.  boon  oomplot.i  nn» 
which  were  mentioned  in  my  Memo. 


With  referenoe  to  Phonograph  produotion: 


PleaBe  note  that  on  the  Amherola  3Q  phonograph  we  will  have 

1000  per  week. 

With  reference  to  the  Amherola  50_!_b  : 

SS  Sas60IlSfn".!"'FXSt.SSS«t. 

55"5  p”  “«t“S  Se  lao  to  tie  «"tonot  nonnfaoturo.n  ...to  .0*. 
this  week  included. 

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additional  Shinota  on  hlnd,  awaiting  further  orders. 

Share  are  none  of  this  type  in  weathered  oak  on  order.  There 
are  62  phonographs  in  packed  stock. 

Fumed  oak  -  none  on  order,  and  99  paoked  in  stook. 

With  referenoe  to  the  Amherola  75  phonograph: 

There  are  444  on  immediate  shipping  order  and  6 

to  handle  further  orders  promptly. 

wgassssss* 

before  the  end  of  next  week. 

Amherola  76  fumed  oak  phonographs  -  Hone  on  order;  10  paoked 
in  stook. 

Amherola  76  weathered  oak  phonographs  -  Een4  on  order;  none  in 
stook.  Same  condition  as  golden  oaks. 


-2- 


Dlso  type  100 

Mahogany  phonographs  -  76  on^ immediate  shipping  «a "»  ®“  “  gji  1 

{SS’ttSrfJ? Sl2°Ihonog?aphBBpSdU?i  stoSkf a£d  1600  ofbinets 
either^finished  or  nelSy i°  held  up  hy  me  with  the  manufaoturers. 

Golden  oak  phonographs  -  347  on  immediate  order:  36  on  Feb.  1  order, 
total  382.  None  in  stook.  (45 (on  Pet.  1  order, 

Fumed  oak  phonographs  -  87  on  imniediateorder,4  on  future  order, 
total  136,  against  whioh  52  are  packed  in  stock. 

Weathered  oak  phonographs  -  30  on  immediate  order;  2  Feb.  1  order, 

4  future  order^  total  36,  against  whioh  2  are  packed  in  stook. 

Bo  take  oare  of  golden,  fumed  and  weathered oak _ type  100 
•Dhono graphs  beyond  thate  that  are  paoked  in  stook,  there  are  126 
cabinets** in  our  Finishing  Department  being  brought  through  in  the. 
various  oak  finishes  and  also  f6  “  ^eek! 

•pn*r*+h«r  shiuments  'bei.nR  made  at  tlie  rate  ox  aDOUt  l<5p  per  we  ok. 

The  situation  on  the  various  finishes  of  oak  A-100  phonographs 


The  situation  on  tne  various 
should  very  rapidly  adjust  itself. 


Jiao  type  150 


order ;  120  on  future  orders  and  100  held  up,  a  total  of  871  on  oruer. 


Bhere  are  in  addi- 


2“at  Silver  lake  and  331  oabinetB  in  our  Finishing  I 

that  the  situation  on  mahogany  type  160  will  very  rapiuiy  oieur 

SS?  m^ing°a°?otalBof  ' 

and  18  oabinets  in  the  Sawtooth  Building. 

/  arePat  Silver  lake  b'eing  brought  through  in  this  finish. 

K5M  mas  1 

71  oabinets  are  at  Silver  lake  being  brought  through  in  this  finish. 

.*  **s  s=££  assrtras  cft.'ssrt^r* 

shipments  being  made  by  the  manufaoturers  daily.  Jon  oan  readily  Bee 
Sat  the  situation  on  the  oak  160's  will  very  rapidly  clear  up  accord- 


Ur.  Yiilson 
Jan.  24,  19X6 


Dlao  type  BOO 

Mahogany  phonographs  -  30  on  Immediate  shipping  order;  77  on  Feb.  1 
order:  70  hold  up  and  10  on  future  orders,  making  a  total  of  192 
against  whioh  there  are  807  mahogany  phonographs  in  stock;  29  oabinetB 
in  the  Sawtooth  Bldg.,  and  77  oahinets  in  our  Finishing  Dept.  In 
addition  to  this  there  are  approximately  800  oahinetB  hither  finished 
or  praotioally  so  held  up  by  me  with  the  cabinet  manufacturers. 

Golden  oak  phonographs  -  93  on  immediate  shipping  order,  16_ on  Feb.  1 
order,  a  total  of  109,  against  which  there  are  none  in  paoxod  stock, 
but  82  cabinets  are  at  Silver  lake  and  125  at  Orange  being  brought 
through  in  this  finish. 

Fumed  oak  phonographs  -  26  on  immediate  shipping  order,  11  on  Fob.  1 
order.  2  on  future  orders,  a  total  of  39,  against  which  254  are  in 
packed  stock,  with  17  additional  cabinets  in  the  Sawtooth  Bldg,  and 
18  cabinets  at  Silver  lake. 

Weathered  oak  phonographs  -  2  on  immediate  shipping order ,  4  on  Fob.  1 
order,  2  If utui-e;; ,  making  a  total  of  8,  against  which  33  are  packed  in 
stook. 

In  additional  to  the  above  there  are  72  oak  oabinets  now  in 
transit  to  us  and  further  shipments  from  the  manufacturer  are  being 
made  every  week,  but  on  a  reduced  schedule  as  I  am  holding  them  back. 

Diso  type  260 

Mahogany  phonographs  -  1026  on  immediate  shipping  order ;  208 on  Feb.  1 
order;  100  on  future  order,  making  a  total  of  1331,  against  whioh  there 
are  li  in  packed  stook,  24  oabinets  are  in  the  Sawtooth  Bldg.  £ 
are  in  the  Finishing  Department.  Share  are  in  addition  100  finished 
mahogany  oabinets  now  in  transit  to  us  and  the  manufacturers  are  pro¬ 
ducing  between  80  and  100  finished  oabinets  per  day.  linooln  at 
Philadelphia  has  600  of  this  type  which  he  starts  shipping  today, 
at  the  rate  of  50  per  day,  and  another  BOO  will  follow  after  this 
auantity  with  a  gap  of  only  a  few  days.  She  BrunsWiok-Balke-Col- 
lender  Co.  at  Dubuque  are  averaging  about  35  per  day,  butofoourse 
all  of  these  do  not  come  to  Orange,  as  a  great  number  of  them  are  Pat 
up  by  our  Dubuque  Assembling  Plant.  I  expect  very  shortly  to  have 
the  mahogany  260  type  on  a  basis  of  100  oabinets  per  day  and  will  con¬ 
tinue  at^thia  rate  until  the  proper  stook  has  been  aooumulated  bythe 
manuf aotur erB , in  addition  to  taking  oare  of  unfilled  orders  at  this  end. 

English  brown  phonographs)-  type  250  - 

039  o?  immediate  order  and  16  on  Fob.  1  order  total  364.  Phi8  is  a 
Bpeoial  finish  and  you  will  reoall  that  when  the  notloe  when  out  to 
the  trade  last  Fall,  we  told  them  that  we  would  bring  through  a 
time  as  many  of  this  finish  as  they  ordered  promptly,  on  receipt  of 
our  bulletin.  After  a  reasonable  time  had  elapsed,  we  t ?®k 
ordersin  hand  and  totaled  them  up  and  gave  instruction  to  the  cabinet 
manufacturers  to  finish  that  quantity  in  English  brown  mah  g  y. 


It  1.  apparent  t?.CTer_tt»t  m.Jjnl.h^.^aga^pnl^  l»f..r.  n 

SBiSSSe“S  Srt^oS? continue  this 

?SLsf.i°s  a  JAS&j rs sKsss^ss  t 
•rSSSi'S  SWPSSK-  “e  °““ 

S€  SiSSSS' -  - "  ~ 

,„ed  oo*  phonographs  -  j™  Zto  ;  Mi  »?« 

5^fc£T£'t£' !atSf“  ,.h!n.t.ein  onr  Wni.h- 
ing  Dept. 

Weathered  oak  phonographs  “J^e ;  |®£  “  totali7I!0againsthwhiohS6Oare 

ssssskus  -  - 

up  the  situation  on  oak  260*80 
Dlao  type  275 

88  on  l_.dl.to  of 1.. ;“S„^“K”l3“lSenrt?“f «£». 

approximately  100  inside  of  6  wee  ^  ontJlB  before  any  more  are 
There  will  then  he  a  lapse  or  sev  r  has  teen  to 

available  as  aur  policy nfa  Jear  ' a£d  iUrtiolpatlon  of  this,  we 
bring  through  one  cutting  a  ye  ■»  i«te  summer  so  as  to 

oall  upon  all  Jobbers  ^1thetholidays.  Bhe  88  maohines 

make  deliveries  approximately  before  failure  to  sup- 

^nestas  r&sjgisk:  s&xtfsz & .. 

““£8  S*S  5S!.S'.rf”.S  to  ,hloh  ...  loonoh  loot  joar. 


8  on  immediate  order;  none 


in  sight  for  Beveral  months. 


Mr.  Wilson 
Jan.  24,  1916 


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Diso  type  450 


4  on  immediate  order  and  none  in  'Bight  for  an  indefinite 
period  as  all  Circassian  Walnut,  and  walnut  with  the  Circassian 
ealnut  veneer  for  the  manufacture  of  thl3  type  has  been  exhausted 
and  no  further  supplies  from  abroad  are  in. sight.  Shis  market 
is  being  watohed  very  carefully  and  just  as  soon  as  a  suitable 
quantity  for  our  next  season's  supply  can  be  had,  it  will  be 
purohased. 


HTL.BB 


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DEPARTMENT  OF  THE  INTERIOR 
UNITED  STATES  GEOLOGICAL  SURVEY 

WASHINGTON 


Acme  Grain  Company,  Limited 

UNION  TRUST  BUILDING 


Winnipeg,  Man..  January  ?.f>,  :l91G^  f— 

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■"  of  your  records  I  take  thei  liberty  Pf  /\rTi>  LtT'|^ 

■  *°  jj^uS 


of  interest  to  1 


Dear  Sir:~ 

As  an  admirer  of  the 
sumer' 
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i  onlooker  who  nossibly  sees  some  points  if  the  yameAhat,  may^ 

w.  ^  j>**~  <m  r  ***  ^ 

Ymr  recording 

the  female  voice  andthe  Pianc/|are  produced  being  aline  sufficient 
to  stamp  the  instrurgirtas^^os^t.^If  ^ 
whore  it  in  in  prodttein^n^m^_to^B^ore^ gtra 

Accompaniments  to 


short  any- 

LA.L  C/-v~C 

a  or  band  offectp.1 

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•«X  cjuxvo  ,„av  not.be  prottonnc^d  enough.  1 

-iTAft  c UtLW  t  e.  '*-i\  . 

ilVsit  as  unsurpassed.  1  ' 


hut  for  delicate  resulVsitTs  unsurpassed.  \J 

ITo  great  1 

artistes,  it  being  recognized  Jhjbt  jthe  groat  reformer  JL . 

:orrt  oncl'''£hot  so  many  have  oontrodtpd  Ab-opd 

te  •v^To  ^ |1v^ 


always  moke  a  good  recort 
v;ith  other  makers. 


i.v 

I„  r.goct  g£jjg>$X3Z‘  'a 
iriticism,  viz.  in  the  subject  matter  of  the  records  yon  publish. 


The  public  who  con  app^ec^teybhe^beaut^^^woijk  mrf$™JLc> 

and 

Waltz  Hesitations,  ephi 
and  other  freak  music, 
prefer  you r  machine,  ■ 
better  class  music. 


ireciateK#  _ 

&-u-T  7 

q  pay  your  high  prices  do; 

.J$evs\  popular' songsT  Hawaifcn  orchABiras 
^S/F^^^yYa  ^T^the  .T'i&'ti.*  taste  to 
;hoy  have  the  ear  and  the  toctg>tw  prefer 

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Acme  Grain  Company,  Limited 

UNION  TRUST  BUILDING 


WINNIPEG.  MAN.. 


That  section  of  the  public  who  pays  morn  attention 
to  the  price  itself  rather  than  results  can  be  much  better 
served  by  the  other  makers  who  have  a  much  more  extensive 
list,  cheaper  machines  and  cheaper  records,  Per  instance, 

"A  Perfect  Day"  is  a  greater,  wort  of  art  on  the  Bdison  Disc 
than  the  Rigoletto  quartette  with  Caruso  on  the  Victor. 

Slizabeth  Snencer  gives  a  much  more  satisfactory  result  than 
Madame  Melba  on  the  Victor.  But  for  all  practical  purposes 
the  Cecile  Y.'altz  on  the  Victor  fills  the  bill  and  a  choap 
machine  does  the  rest.  You  cannot  compete.  I  do  not  moan 
to  suggest  the  elimination  of  the  more  popular  music  but  I 
appeal  for  a  more  equitable  proportion.  Your  Supplement 
TIo.  49  is  typical.  The  three  essentials  to  a  pood  record 
are  the  recording,  the  performance,  and  the  subject.  You  hove 
the  first  par  excellence,  no  exception  is  taken  to  your  connect¬ 
ions  in  the  second  respect,  but  you  do  publish  some  awful  rubbish, 
A  Doe  Fight  on  an  ISdison  Disc  looks  like  sacrilege. 

I  quite  realize  that  you  should  know  what  sellB  best 
but  you  cannot  escape  the  responsibility  of  having  as  principal 
a  genius  for  striving  after  and' obtaining  improving  results. 
Several  of  my  friends  are  owners  of  Bdison  Diamond  Diac  machines 
and  my  observations  lead  me  to  the  conclusion  that  their  tastJChas 
been  so-  much  improved  thereby  that  nothing-  but  high  class  music 


Acme  Grain  Company,  Limited 

Union  trust  building 


Winnipeg,  man.. 


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anpeels  to  thorn.  Thoy  have  already  pot  wore  then  they  want 
of  the  other  hind  and  wont  stock  any  more.  They  may  hear 
it  once  or  twice  in  the  show  rooms  hut  they  hr.ow  from  ex¬ 
perience  that  it  would  he  dead  stock  at  home  in  a  week. 

Anythin#  you  can  do  to  modify  your  present  output 
in  this  connection  will  bring  its  own  reward.  I  hove  no 
doubt  that  any  big  salesman  will  confirm  ray  remarks  on  this 


head, 


Mr.  Edii 


In  regard  to  the  attached  correspondence,  yoU  have 
heard  a  trial  of  Dora  Becker  and  your  remarks  were: 

"Pretty  fair  violinist" 

She  was  sent  to  us  hy  Ur.  Sloane  of  Newark.  X  took  the 
matter  up  with  you  later  and  you  were  not  disposed  to  make  any 
records  of  her  at  the  present  time  for  the  reason  that  we  had 
quite  a  number  of  violin  records  already  in  stock  and  would 
only  record  attists  of  exceptional  merit. 

W.  H.  Miller 


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JUI I  ifM»«  ■4<<*5A.-Sf*"*  +■ 

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'.■*$  M  f.iiw,  ‘tfw*.  ^ 


X  n  Hare  is  a  very.itsix  rough  and  V-N 
Voff-hand  Hiiggastlon  of  a  library  deoh  | 

jor  table, concealing  a  phonograph.  f 

i  a  when  not  in  uaeo  muBically,it  v 

/  nay  be  an  unobtrusive, even  attractive 
'  piece  of  parlor  or  library  furniture, 
with  a  few  books  thereon, or  an  oriental 
rug  thrown  over  it, divesting  it  of 
all  phonographic  appearance. 

H  I  have  never  seen  anything  of  this 
plan  or  idea  utilised.  It  occurred  to 
me  when  noting  a  library  table  of  our 

own _ that  the  two  sides  afforded  room 

for  the  motor  on  one  side  and  for  rec¬ 
ords  on  the  other;  and  the  cost  need 
be  less  than  the  cost  of  the  present 
stereotyped  designB  in  very  common  use. 

Of  coprBe  this  sketch  is  only  suggestive. 

It  is  all  out  of  proport 3  on;but  th<7 
is  there ,and  I  don't  Bee  why  it  is  not 
practical— and  very  profitable.  ;  J 
Yours  very  truly^. 


Framingham, Hass , 

January  26,1916. 


Millard  F  Rodgei 


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East  0 range. 

Hew  Jersey. 


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January  28th,  1916, 

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Bear  fair:—  ,  ‘•'***  { 

A  little  over  a  yeur  ago,  I  had  Vne  pleaBUj-e  offneeting  £  » 
you  in  company  with  Br.  K.  5.  liatheson.  President  of  the  Georgia  p*$\ 
School  o*  Technology.  At  the  time  of  that  interview  we  heard  CVw**- 
for  the  first  tine,  one  of  your  new  Bionond  Bloc  Phonographs.  Beep^. 
ly  impressed  with  the  wonderful  quality  of  this  music,  1  purchased 
one  of  your  two  hundred  dollar  instruments  from  the  auison  ohop  in 
Hew  York,  and  although  it  lias  been  a  source  of  great  pleasure,  I 
almost  immediately  recognized  that  there  was  something  lacking  and 
quickly  discovered  a  method  of  supplying  this  need. 

I  am  sneaking  from  the  standpoint  of  a  musician,  and  it 
is  something  which  would  he  greatly  appreciated  by  all  musicians. 

It  will  raise  the  instrument  very  much  the  estimation  °f  a11 
musicians  whether  professionals  or  amntuefsjf  ^y^hvention  would 
in  a  short  time  serve  to  almost  double  the  usefulness  of  the  phono¬ 
graph  and  is  oxtrenoly  simple  and  inexpensive. 

One  of  the  best  patent  attorneys  in  the  City  has  prepared 
my  application  for  patent  and  entered  the  same,  and  as  I  have  been 
for  many  years  in  sympathy  with  your  splendid  work,  I  am  offering 
to  you,  the  first  opportunity  of  utilizing  this  invention. 

In  addition  to  the  practical  valu^f  my  idea,  and  its 
usefulness,  it  will  contltute  a  powerful^  new  taking  point  for 
selling  the  Edison  Biamond  Bisc  Phonographs.  It  is  something  tnat 
would  be  in  almost  universal  demand  and  something  that  the  otner 
Companies  could  not  evon  approach,  and  taowingsoraething  of  the 
strenuous  effort  that  your  company  is  making  ipfeompotition  with 
other  phonograph  companies,  and  as  I  have  even  personally  consider¬ 
ed  the  possibility  of  establishing  with  my  own  capital  a  jobbing 
and  rotail  agency  in  Atlanta,  Georgia,  I  can  assure  you  of  the  ex¬ 
ceptional  value  of  this  proposition  from  the  salesman  s  point  of 
view. 

I  would  bo  pleased  to  discuss  this  with  you  at  an  early 
date,  and  will  call  at  your  office  in  East  Orange  at  any  day  and 
hour  that  you  may  appoint. 


Yours  sincerely. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


January  29th.  1916. 


Ur.  Udison:- 

Roport  of  Commercial  Phono Graphs  tested  from  Jan  14th,  to  Jan  29th 

Inclusive 


.a=i&Q_i_c=aaa_i_G=25Q. 


Noisy  whon  received. 


Drunken  Gov. 


Noise  Novelopod. 


Ilinor  Nofoots. 


ilo.  'i’oetod. 
Noisy 
Ho.  O.K. 


Amborola-30 


Amberola-50 


90  fill 


January  29,  1916. 


Ur.  T.  A.  Edison, 
Hr.  Chas.  Edison: - 


At  your  suggestion,  1  havo  boon  devoting 
bonsiaerablo  thought  to  tho  question  of  tine  necessary  to 
.get  work  through  tho  Diso  Mould  Division.  After  a  oareful 
/study.  I  boliovo  that  tho  time  elapsed  between  the  reooipt 
I  0f  tho  White  Wax  Master  and  tho  delivery  of  the  Working 
Llould  to  the  Diso  Rooord  Division  Bhould  not  oxooed  18  days 
under  porfeot  conditions.  This  time  can  bo  further  reduced 
to  12  days  if  tho  so  called  "short  out"  method,  Wherein  tho 
making  of  a  sooond  Master  Mould  is  omittfcd,  is  used. 

■/  I  believe  the  trouble  in  the  past  ha3  been 

aue  to  various  delays  whioh  may  bo  sub-divided  as  follows: 


(1)  The  delay  in  finishing  the  Working 
Liouid  after  Ur.  Edison  has  approved  the  selection,  due  to¬ 
tal  Doss  of  time  in  Hopair  Hoorn; 

(h)  °  "  "  from  laok  of  Labels 


(S)  Loss  of  tine  in  getting  Ur.  Edison's 
approval  of  Selection; 

(3)  Humorous  small  aolays  whioh  will  bo 

aosoribod  later. 

After  a  careful  consideration  of  tho  situation 
from  ovory  angle,  1  would  rospootfully  suggoBt  tho  following 
remedies: 


(1)  (a)  The  present  method  of  procedure  is 
for  tho  Master  Moulds  from  tho  remaining  two  duplicate  Master 
Hoaords  to  be  completed  after  Ur.  Edison  lias  approved  sample 
print  from  tho  first  Master  Record  to  be  plated. 

; .  ,  Throo  prints  from  each  of  tho  throo 
Hastor  Moulds  are  thon  forwardod  to  the  Hopair  Hoorn,  and 
from  tho  inspection  end  tost  of  those  nine  prints  it  is 
dotorrained  Just  whioh  Master  Mould  will  bo  used  for  tho 
making  of  tho  Sooona  Master  Print  from  whioh  tho  roooras 
are  to  ho  printed. 

; As  it  is  undesirable  to  havo  two 
Master  Moulds  from  tho  same  selection  platoa  at  the  same 
time,  due  to  tho  possibility  of  failure  of  the  hath,  ana 
consequent  destruction  of  the  reoords,  this  means  a  delay 
of  approximately  eleven  days  before  the  printing  room  oan 
actually  start  the  making  of  the  second  master  prints. 

I  would  suggest  therefore  that  three  sanple  prints  of  the 
first  master  mould  bo  forwarded  to  the  repair  room  at  tho 
same  time  tho  sample  print  is  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edison  for 
his  approval.  The  repair  room  oan  then  give  a  quick  report 


upon  the  quality  of  the  surface  and  ^suitability  of 

SS&sa^ 

fStSSSy 

In  the  meantime  the  -plating-  department 

fkZ  SemgrShftfd? 

SsSSssftsSs— • 

(1)  (b)  I  understand  that  the  present 

SlSilff®” 

latter  is  done  it  multiplies  tne  numo  working  moulds, 
printed  by  about  ^  “  ^Slhfirtell  be  ordered 

i^SS.tSP«p« d.tgJtJ*0SiSS^»^S«r 

u*,ss-»  *■— -is*  Kiss? 
fes  s&'sus  s  arsswsft.  «*  — * 

master  prints. 

It  is  true  that  according  to  the 

8s  arena  g  HHisSLH«ivu,t8; 
SWSS  S  sb«* 

the  duplicate  master  moulds  and  making  prin  rejects 

^F-SSS  s  as*  *• 
Sr*  caarsaas  s  e  rsw 

selections,  would  easily  warrant  a  little  expense  in  aooomplish- 
ing  this  result. 


(2)  I  am  tola  that  Mr.  Edison  now  only 
listens  to  records  once  a  week.  If  Mr.  Edison  would  consent 
to  listen  to  selections  once  a  day  it  would  mean  that  the 
printing  of  second  master  prints  oould  he  commenced  the 
day  after  making  sample  prints,  and  a  possible  saving  of 
six  days  time. 


(e)  The  ions  minor  delays  mentioned 
above  may  be  sub-divided  approximately  as  follows :- 

(a)  The  great  amount  of  time  required  in  making  out 
yellow  tickets.  To  overcome  this  I  would  suggest  the  use 
of  a  blanket  tioket  to  carry  the  work  to  all  departments, 
from  graphiting  the  prints  to  making  of  sample  prints  from 
the  finished  form  or  mould.  I  have  given  Borne  thought  to 
the  use  of  forms  with  detachable  stubs  which  oan  be  filled 
in  by  the  various  departments,  and  forwarded  £o  the 
central  offioe  for  their  guidance  and  record,  but  whereas 
this  would  cut  down  the  detail  clerical  work  about  80$  in 
the  issuance  of  orders,  it  would  in  no  way  reduce  the  work 
in  connection  with  posting  the  office  records.  I  therefore 
would  suggest  this  form  be  without  coupons  and  merely 
record  the  various  operations,  remaining  always  with  the 
mould. 


(b)  The  time  consumed  in  posting  from  the  yellow  tioket 
to  the  offioe  records.  To  reduce  this  time  I  believe  the 
offioe  record  oan  be  posted  from  various  inter-department 
orders  described  later  and  from  certain  department's  daily 
reports.  This  not  only  would  bring  the  data  to  the  offioe 
assembled  in  concrete  form,  but  would  obviate  the  possibility 
of  loss  of  some  reoord  due  to  the  Iobs  of  the  yellow  tioket. 
Moreover  at  the  present  time  the  office  records  indicate  at 
Just  what  time  theh  separate  operation  should  be  completed, 
and  a  second  entry  is  made  to  indicate  when  tho  actual  operation 
is  completed.  I  would  assume  that  unless  we  know  to  the 
contrary,  the  work  goes  through  on  said  scheiule  time. 

Department  heads  could  then  make  out  daily  hold  over  reports 
shotting  just  which  moulds  did  not  go  through  the  Department 
on  schedule  time  and  from  these  reports  the  actual  time  of 
completion  of  the  various  operations  oould  be  posted  on  the 
offioe  reoord  cards. 

(o)  The  loss  of  time  required  to  get  work  from  one 
department  to  another.  TMb  is  due  to  red  tape  and  ia 
occasioned  by  all  orders  originating  at  the  central  offioe. 

I  believe  this  can  be  overcome  by  having  certain  orders 
relative  to  the  forwarding  of  work  fromdepartment  to  department 
made  out  by  department  foremen,  and  copy  forwarded  to  the 
central  office  for  their  records. 

I  have  indicated  the  complete  details  of  this 
soheme  on  the  the  following  which  I  attach  hereto  for  your 
consideration. 

(1)  Chart  of  operations. 

(2)  List  of  forms  Bhowing  material  and  oolor  schemes. 

(3)  Sample  of  saoh  form. 


I  believe  these  are  praotloally  self- 
explanatory,  but  would  state  I  have  endeavored  to  stow  on 
the  ohart  every  condition  whioh  ooours  from  the  time  the 
white  masters  are  received  from  the  Disc  Recording  Division 
to  the  time  the  finished  mould  is  turned  over  to  the 
■ninn  Reoord  Division  or  passed  on  to  the  vault#  ThQ  ohart 
not°only°Bhows  the  course  of  the  work  trough  °H*tionB 

but  also  shows  the  necessary  clerical  work  to  be  done  by 
the  central  office  and  department  foremen. 

Shis  soheme  could  be  put  into  operation 

SFirSS/S  typewritten^notices  fe  J^il^anL'on 
ordinary  white  paper* 


jer* 

temporarily  the  following  v£orms .  for  substitution 


io4&df  or^-e#^  for  5S:a;#9ri  for  DMD-14,  #10&  for 

#1023  for  '&D-18.  This  leaves  only 
form  DMD-13  to  he  made  up  new,  and  this  could  he  very  easily 
turned  out  on  a  multigraph  machine  temporarily. 

For  your  information  I  am  alio  sending  you 
herewith  samples  of  forms  #945  and  #372  mentioned  above,  and 
•which  are  the  only  ones  not  included  in  my  report.  I  am 
also\eturning°you  herewith  Mr.  Dinwiddies  report,  chart  and 
Sjjle  forms,  aid  other  data  which  you  loaned  me. 

Respectfully  submitted. 


Financial  Executive. 


Vv^urt  I 

mry  15,  1916. 


Jersey  Journal,  January  15,  1916. 

HfflW  TBHoR  DELIGHTED  ALL  TO)  HEARD  HIM".. 


.,sRi  sisKr 1  ^ 

a  particular  delight."  I  &  h/’yV  f  . 

Syracuse  Bost-Btandard,  January  28,  1916. 


"HARROD  A*m  RIO  DELIGHT  AUDIENCE  AT  RECITAL". 

■James  Harrod  was  introduced  to  a  s^acuse  audience  last 
niffht  at  the  Onondaga  in  a  joint  recital  with  Mme.  Anita  Rio. 
Mr.  Harrod  is  a  young  singer  of  marked  ability  possessing  a^ 
beau tif u 1  vo i ce  a£d  rnde  an  impression  that  can  wellbetaken 
into  account  hy  the  Music  Festival  officials  in  selecting 
their  tenors  for  the  approaching  May  Festival.  It  was  in  the 
Lalo  "Auhade"  that  he  made  his  first  real  impression  of  tha. 
evening,  this  he  did  With  a  splendid  fulness  of  p“rlty 

f  tnnfl  and  high  notes  that  were  exhilarating.  He  gave  a 
remarkably  artistic  touch  to  "1*11  sing  thee  ao£B0  of  Araby 
closing  the  group  with  "Ecstasy"  which  he  gave  brilliantly 
and  was  called  back  for  an  extra  number." 


February  lot,  1510. 


Ur.  Edison: 

you  probably  remember  Mr.  Johnson  of  the  Goodyear  Rubber  Company  coming 
to  see  you,  and  you  spoke  to  him  about  getting  you  some  of  that  shoot  rubber  for 
reproducers.  (Chore  was  some  delay  about  It,  and  then  you  wrote  him  a  letter 
eaylng  that  If  ho  wanted  to  have  a  phonograph  for  iris  wife  to  hurry  up.  the  samples. 

It  transpired  afterward  that  the  samples  wore  all  the  time  at  your  house, 
and  you  found  them  aooldontly.  Thoy  hud  been  sent  to  Charles  by  mistake. 

X  am  writing  now  Just  as  a  reminder  to  you  as  to  whether  or  not  you  In¬ 
tended  or  had  promised  to  give  Hr.  Johnson  a  phonograph  for  his  wife.  1  fool  tint 
you  would  probably  not  want  to  neglect  It  if  you  tod  made  the  p.romloo. 


lEUJOJCROra. 


tlH.  EDXSUH'S  HiA'Bj- 

Co  no  table  -  you  have  not  reported  on  tosu>  -  Bettor  do  so  as  wo  can  got 
Just  what  wo  want  from  this  concern  If  X  send  him  a  phono.  mr  p-reaent  rubber  is 
Bum  and  wo  should  get  better  stuff  at  once. 


I SIGHED)  E. 


SI  OP 


REPO 

MANUFACTURING  0  OMMITTHB  MEETING 
FEBRUARY-2-1916 


Masara.  Edlaan,  Chas.  Edison,  Wilsen,  Bachman,  Leemlng,  Nioalai,  Waterman, 
Wetzel,  Parkfcurst,  Ventres,  and  file*. 


LACQUER  FOR  GOLD  PLATED  PARTS. 

On  Investigating  the  lacquer  used  on  gold  plated  Reproducers  and  ether 
parts,  I  would  like  to  make  a  suggestion  that  perhaps  a  better -laoquer  could 
be  found  that  that  whioh  we  are  using  at  the  present  time.  If  possible  this 
would  be  a  great  improvement  beoause  of  the  large  number  of  reproducers  return¬ 
ed  whioh  have  to  be  re-gold  plated  and  re-lacquered  beoause  of  slight  scratches 
in  the  laoquer,  due  to  ordinary  wear  and  tear,  and  if  a  harder  kind  of  laoquer 
oould  be  prooured  this  percent  would  be  considerable  out  down. 

Mr.  Waterman  showed  several  samples  lacquered  in  different  ways  and  with 
different  materials  whioh  are  Tto  be  tested  out  in  comparison  with  our  regular 
laoquer. 

STEEL  FOR  NECKS  FOR  DISC  HORNS. 

It  was  suggested  some  time  ago  that  perhaps  steel  oould  be  used  in  place 
of  brass,  as  now  used,  at  a  saving  on  acoount  of  the  high  prioe  of  brass  at  the 
present  time. 

Mr.  Waterman  had.  a  few  samples  partly  finished,  made  of  steel.  These 
will  be  finished  up  and  a  report  at  the  next  meeting  as  to  the  comparison  in  cost 
between  steel  and  brass. 

AMBEROLA  GOVERNOR  COLLAR. 

It  is  suggested  that  if  the  hole  for  the  holding  sorew  of  this  Collar 
were  opened  up  .01  of  an  inoh,  the  assembly  would  be  made  much  easier.  This  was 
approved  by  the  oommittee  and  an  Engineering  Notice  to  this  effeot  will  be  issued 
at  once. 

PERMANENT  SETTING  OF  SPEED  FOR  DISC  PHONOGRAPH. 

Various  methods  of  setting  and  locking  the  speed  adjusting  oam  so  that  the 
phonograph  oould  not  be  run  faiter  than  80  revolutions  per  minute  were  discussed.  - 
It  was  pointed  out  that  Mr.  Edison  desires  this  oam  to  be  so  made  that  it  oould  be 
looked  in  position,  so  that  the  phonograph  oould  not  be  run  more  than  80  revolutions. 

It  was  also  pointed  out  that  tho  speed  of  the  phonograph  is  set  while  the 
reoord  is  being  played,  after  the  phonograph  1b  assembled  to  the  cabinet  and  complet¬ 
ed  in  every  way.  For  this  reason  there  must  be  a  fairly  aooessable  adjustment  so  that  t 
the  final  inspectors  can  sot  the  speed  at  80  without  too  much  difficulty. 

A  number  of  different  arrangements  were  discussed,  and  so  far  the  objections 
to  Mechanical  Constructions  whioh  were  disoussed  were  to  great,  and  further  work  will 
j  have  to  be  done  on  this  and  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison,  and  re-disoussod  at  the  next 

meeting. 


Engineering  Committee  E«part  -  Sheet  #2. 

CABINET  COVES  STAY  ABU  HINGE. 

Discussions  brought  eat  the  foot  that  the  helee  in  the  Stay  Aim  Hinge 
ware  tee  email  far  the  sorews  new  being  used.  After  Investigating  we  find,  that 
the  helee  ore  tale  te  the  else  which  will  take  the  standard  #6  screw.  However, 
the  Uanafaotnrer  ef  these  screws  seems  te  have  departed  from  ear  standard  and  the 
laat  let  ef  screws  that  came  in  were  several  thousandths  ef  an  Inch  larger  than 
the  holes  in  the  Stay  Aim  Hinge.  Ur.  Wetzel  was  instructed  to  Immediately  get 
in  teach  with  the  Uanafaotarer  ef  these  screws  and  find  eat  What  their  limits  are 
te  he  en  same.  Ur.  Wetzel  will  then  report  te  the  Inspection  and  Engineering  De¬ 
partments  and  If  they  can  net  held  te  their  standard  limit,  the  helee  in  the  Cover 
Hinge  will  have  te  he  made  larger.  This  brings  up  a  question  ef  organization 
similar  te  the  argument  last  week  en  the  Spring  Barrel  situation.  The  Engineer¬ 
ing  Department  specifies  a  certain  sized  sorew.  We  also  specify  the  size  ef 
holes  in  whloh  these  sorews  are  te  fit,  from  our  standard  table.  The  Inspection 
Department  should  then  ismedlately  report  te  the  Production  Department  in  case  a 
shipment  ef  sorews  are  larger  than  the  standard  size.  It  is  then  up  te  the  Pro¬ 
duction  Department  to  find  out  the  same  and  reject  same,  rather  than  have  the 
helee  ohanged  in  the  Cover  Hinges  (Stay  Arm).  Ur.  Wetzel  will  report  to  the 
Engineering  Department  as  icon  as  he  gets  the  neoessaiy  infoxmatlen. 

mjEB  watt,  backs. 

Seme  time  age  we  were  feroed  to  change  the  oolor  of  the  Felt  need  en  our 
Ifute  Balls  from  green  te  black,  dne  te  the  difficulty  of  getting  green  Felt,  on 
aooount  ef  the  dye  situation.  It  new  appears  that  we  have  on  hand  seme  fifteen 
thousand  groan  Felt  Books  for  these  Balls  and  no  Fronts.  The  Engineering  Depart¬ 
ment  has  suggested  that  we  get  some  black  dy*.  and  dye  the  fifteen  thousand  Books, 
and  then  use  our  regular  black  stock  for  the  Fronts.  This  has  been  triad  out 
and  found  very  satisfactory.  The  P reduction  Department  will  take  steps  lmmediatk- 
ly  te  have  these  Green  Backs  dyed  in  Blaok. 

ASSEMBLIES  FIXTURE  FOB  SETTING  HORNS  IN  SHE  SAW-TOOTH  BUILDING. 

Ur.  Ventres  has  inquired  about  this,  an*  a  Fixture  has  been  designed  which 
is  new  being  made  in  the  Teel  Department.  Ur.  Olsen  will  look  after  this  and  re¬ 
port  at  the  next  meeting. 

FEED  NUT  SPRING  ON  THE  BUSINESS  MACHINE. 

Ur.  Waterman  pointed  tut  that  these  Springs  are  being  bent  by  hand,  in  the 
Assembling  Department.  This  will  be  looked  into  at  ones  as  no  bending  or  filing 
is  desired  in  tbs  Assembling  Department  that  can  be  dens  te  better  advantage  in 
other  Department*  ef  the  Work*. 

HBOOBD  BACK  FOB  THE  11 0-150". 

On  account  sf  the  trouble  of  fastening  the  end  ef  this  Back  to  the  floor  - 
it  we*  decided  to  spot-weld  a  strip  sf  steel  en  the  ends  ef  the  Hack  and  fastened 
with  two  flat-head  sorews  te  the  bettsm  sf  the  Cabinet.  An  Engineering  Notloe  has 
been  Issued  en  this. 


SOLID  BEASS  HKPHODDOEB  WEIGHT. 

The  Brass  Reproducer  Weight  mentioned  in  last  week's  report  hae  not  as  yet 
been  finished. 


Engineering  Committee  Report  -  Sheet  #3. 


Mr.  Mortimer,  In  oharge  ef  the  Business  Machine  Assembling  Department,  has 
reparted  that  ha  has  a  number  of  parts  that  require  soldering  in  his  assembling. 
iSs  his  been  taken  up  with  Mr.  Langley  who  will  arrange  to  do  this  soldering  in 
his  Department  in  the  future. 


QABIHEC  DOVER  HIHSE3. 


e  are  using  Binges,  ef  the  a 


It  was  brought  out  at  the  meeting  that  w - - - -  -  ■  ,  _  . 

dimensions  in  every  way,  for  the  different  Cabinets,  of  brass  and  of  steel.  This 

will  be  investigated  to  determine  why  one  type  of  hinge  -  brass  or  steel  -  cannot 
be  used  on  all  iyymx  Cahinets.  Mr.  Wetsel  will  report  on  this  at  the  next  meeting. 

WIHDIHS  CHARE:  BEAR  IRQ. 

Mr.  Fisher,  of  the  Final  Assembling  Department  has  suggested  a  very  rauoh 
simpler  and  oh taper  Winding  Drank  Bearing.  A  model  an  the  lines  of  his  suggestion 
will  be  made  and  tried  out. 

FIBRE  LIHIHD  DISC  FOR  BARRELS  ARD  SPRIHGS. 

Mr.  Constable  suggested  that  a  thin  piece  of  fibre  might  be  used  in  place 
ef  the  T.tning  Disc  in  the  Spring  Barrels,  and  that  a  similar  piece  be  placed  b*. 
tween  the  back  ef  the  Spring  and  the  back  ef  the  Barrel,  Oils  fibre  ie  te  be 
Hatod  in  oil  and  treated  with  graphite.  It  was  thought  that  thia  might  makethe 
Spring  operation  better  and  overcame  seme  ef  the  trouble  from  neiey  Springe,  whie& 
we  usually  get.  Thie  will  be  tried  cut. 

'  START  ARD  wwra  LEVER  S CHESS,  C0LLAR3  ARD  SPBIH3. 

A  sarnie  machine  was  shown  in  which  the  Start  and  Brake  lever  Sorews,  Collars 
and  Spring  were  blued,  instead  of  being  sold  or  nickel  plated,  as  at  present.  ThiB 
ohange  looks  very  good  and  was  adopted  by  the  Committee.  Above  Change  will  save 
considerably  on  the  treating  of  these  small  parts  in^ita  Plating.  Another  good 
advantage  is  that  the  same  part  oan  be  used  on  all  -types  cf  Discs. 


As  mentioned  in  laBt  week's  report,  a  suggestion  was  made  to  slot  the  Repro¬ 
ducer  Weight,  thus  doing  away  with  the  Spring  Clan®.  This  was  tried  out  and  found 
impractical. 


Sample  Repweduoer  was  shown  with  an  inproved  method  of  packing,  to  overcome^ 
Mr,  Ventral  objection  ef  last  meeting.  Mr.  V/otsel  will  report  on  this  method  and 
submit  costa  to  the  Committee  next  meeting. 


The  meeting  closed  with  a  dlsoussien  on- the  machinery  and  tools  necess¬ 
ary  for  increased  cutout.  Mr.  Constable  outlined  the  plan  te  get  the  necessary  in¬ 
formation  on  machinery  so  that  the  Engineering  Department  oan  take  thie  matter  up  in¬ 
telligently  and  in  the  quickest  possible  time.  ft 

j!o  JohMconetable. 

0  Aseistaui\jhief 


J>C/ ' 

yebruary  3rd,  1916... 


llapurt  to  Hr.  Edison  on  spooial  rubber  for  reproducer 


n  oxpcsod  t 


1  am  enoiasing  three  (3)  lots  of  robber  strips  which  havo  b 
different  conditions  since  December  17th,  1915.  total  of  40  days. 

Che  samples  tagged  with  paper  togs  are  the  orjeoial  rubber  submitted  by  tbo 
Goodyoor  '.'ire  and  Hubbor  Company.  Stock  number  5206-a.  Cite  untaggod  samp.ioo  are 
taken  from  our  stock  of  shoot  rubber  which  wo  Jjavo  boon  using.  You  will  note  that 
there  sooma  to  bo  very  little  aifforonao  botwoon  this  special  rubber  and  oufr  stock 
rubber  undor  the  three  conditions  of  tost,  namely;  at  room  tompioxuture.  Indoor  over 
rudiator,  and  out  doors  In  tho  sun.  In  checking  tills  mutter  up^iv^Ind?  that  the 
information  given  mo  at  the  timo  tills  test  started 
ISIS,  wo  have  been  buying  these  ga skats  already  out 
Compaq  under  a  specification  nailing  for  rubber  1/32"  of; 

'.To  also  have  on  hand  about  1,200  lbs  of  sheet  :|ubber.|jj_ 
sompilos  woro  takou,  and  nhioh  at  tho  time  this  was  taken*; up  li/Dao&bor,  1  was  told 
were  being  used  exclusively  to  make  those  goskots.  I  find  today;;'  howrgvor,  that 
this  Is  not  so,  and  wo  are  not  using  tills  sheet  rubber  at  all,  but  buying  tho  gaskets 
ready  cut  from  tho  Goodrich  Company. 

1  tun  cnoloslng  sovorel  of  these  commercial  g 


aOCEt- 

iBnbert  -  Koto  tho  reliable?  Information  which  wo  got  - 

-  (SIGNED)  Edison. 

rut  samples  on  my  dehfc  In  Chemical  Hoom 

'Goodrii  h&n  wo  have  had  rubber  on  test  48 


UUGHEDJ  E. 


Mr  <£> 


February  3,  1916. 


Mr.  Hird,  Mr.  Dinwiddle,  Mr.  Moss,  Mr.  Hayes  and  Chas  Edison. 


February  2nd  and  3rd  the  Mould  situation  was 
disoussed  and  the  following  was  decided  on,  based  on  a  ohart 
showing  the  procedure  to  be  followed  hereafter. 

It  was  decided;- 

FirBt  -  that  all  "C"  Masters,  that  is  masters  of  which 
there  have  been  no  moulds  made, being  the  first  delivered  by 
Mr.  Walter  Miller  to  the  vault,  to  be  put  through  immediately 
by  the  foreman  of  the  Plating  Department  on  reoeipt  of  notice 
from  Mr.  Walter  Miller  that  the  masters  have  been  reoeived  at 
the  vault.  After  the  Plating  the  "C"  Master  will  go  right 
through  until  it  is  printed  and  a  print  delivered  to  the 
Musio  Room  for  Mr.  Edison's  approval  automatically.  At  the 
time  of  delivery  to  Mr.  Edison,  two  prints  are  also  sent  to 
the  Repair  Room,  which  are  immediately  repaired  and  put  into 
the  baths  but  not  printed,  being  held  in  the  Turning  Department 
until  they  are  either  discarded  by  Mr.  Edison  or  turned  and 
sent  to  the  vault. 


-  Yftien  Mr.  Edison's  approval  is  reoeived  by 
foreman  of  the  Plating  Department,  he  will  immediately  take 
the  "A"  and  "B"  masters  out  of  the  vault  and  plate  them; 

"A"  coming  out. one  day  and  "B”  -the  next  day.  These  are  only 
made  into  moulds,  turned  and  sent  back  to  the  vault,  provided 
the  "C"  master  has  been  approved  aB  to  surface  and  musical 
quality.  This  takes  the  masters  through  and  any  further 
work  on  second  masters  and  sub-masters  are  subject  -lo 
as  outlined  in  the  general  plan. 

Second  -  On  reoeipt  of  notice  of  the  selection  being 
delivered  to  the  vault  from  Mr.  Walter  Miller,  the  copy  of 
the  selection  for  the  afectrotype  label  should  be  reoeived 
by  Mr.  Hayes  on  the  day  the  first  master  is  delivered. 

Mr.  Hayes. -will  immediately  order  labels,  not  waiting  as  here¬ 
tofore  for  Mr.  Edison's  approval  before  doing  this.  Mr.  HayeB 
will  endeavor  to  get  the  labels  through  in  four  days  maximum 
time  so  that  the  labels  oan  immediately  be  put  on  the  second 
master  including  the  first  print.  But,  the  laok  of  labels 
shall  not  prevent  the  mould  from  being  used  as  a  second  master. 

-  It  was  decided  to  have„olerk  in  the  Mould 
Plating  Department  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  Diso  Mould 
Division  oentral  offioe,  whose  duties  will  be  to  issue  Form  8, 
being  the  operation  card  -  oopy  to  each  print;  from  13  which 
is  the  order;  and  make  out  the  small  oard  for  approval  by 
Mr.  Edison  and  the  rush  oard  for  approval  prints  for  the 
Repair  Department. 


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Third  -  since  the  Disc  Manufacturing  Division  has 
bought  and.  paid  for  the  working  mould,  they  belong  to  this 
Division,  out  in  order  to  avoid  double  work  of  keeping  a 
record  of  what  is  in  the  vault  in  two  places,  the  Diso  Mould 
Division  will  act  as  custodian  of  these  moulds  for  the 
Manufacturing  Division,  the  record  of  what  is  in  the  vault 
being  at  all  times  accessible  to  the  Manager  of  the  Manufacturing 
Division. 


Fourth  -  it  was  decided  that  to  promote  co-operation 
between  Departments ,  that  the  Committee  above  outlined  should 
meet  to  discuss  various  problems  arriving  from  time  to  time. 

Fifth  -  it-  was  decided  that  subject  to  the  approval 
of  Mr.  Edison  and  the  decision  -of  the  Financial  end  of  the 
business,  that  steps  should,  be  immediately  taken  to  put  this 
new  plan  into  effect. 


jjr — '• 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 
Laboratory,  Orange,  H 


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Dear  Sir:  **  t-C"  V\,"‘  ^ 

<■  Your  appreciated  letter  of  the  1st.  inst.  received  and  - 

this  will  inform  yon  that  I  have  already  filed  my  application  through 
my  patent  attorney,  one  of  the  best  in  Be*  York,  B°  Slterlst 
be  well  protected  in  the  event  of  purchasing  or  taking  an  interest 
in  tho  patent.  -  - 

in  a  telephone  conversation  with  your  secretery  Mr.^eadow 
croft  this  morning  he  requested  that  I  disclose  to  you  for/your' 
private  information  the  object  of  my  patent  ana  he  would  arrange 
tho  Interview  sxiggested  in  your  letter.  \ 


Mir  -nfi/t-prit  and  invention  provides  for  the  tuning 

stringed  o^wind^^fUrthf/provides  the  playing“of  any  instrument 
or  combination  of  instruments  with  any  record  whether  produced 
by  the  same  instrument  or  combination  of  instruments  or  not. 

For  instanoe  a  guitar  oan  be  tuned  and  played  to  accompany 
a  banjo  or  vocal  selection.  A  flute  can  be  tuned  to  play  with  a 
band  selection.  A  oornet  may  be  tuned  to  a  complicated  orchestra 
number.  The  above  may  be  accomplished  with  any  record,  instrument 
or  combination  of  instruments  in  a  very  staple  i ®B^er* 

not  readily  tuned. 

There  is  no  limit  to  the  above  mentioned  combinations 
and  in  every  instance  the  tuning  and  also  aeoompany4he  phonograph 
1b  dlSe ^positively  in  a  few  seconds  and  is  as  easy  for  any  onild 
or  student  of  musio  to  use  as  a  professional  musician.  It  is  also 
valuable  to  singers  who  accompany  records. 

The  rreat  value  of  the  invention  lies  in  the  fact  that 
it  makes  it  easy  for  any  player  or  company  of  players  to  play  with 
the  phonograph  without  the  present  very  Blow  and  troublesome 
_  Tt  in  vptv  valuable  in  the  art  of  teaching 

all  kinds  of  mufic  on  the  phonograph  which  is  now  receiving  a  great 

s  SJ5£«  ™«— *  "»*“»  not  ”* i* in 

demend. 


Mr.  Thornes  A.  Edison,  #2 


Feb.  3,  1916. 


The  invention  and  patent  is  of  a  basic  nature  which 
is  hardly  possible  to  duplicate  Or  make  substitution  for  and 
would  therefore  not  be  subject  to  improvement  or  modification 
by  your  competitors. 

My  invention  is  applicable  to  any  phonograph  but 
I  have  presented  this  to  you  first  because  of  my  friendly 
feeling  toward  your  firm  and  having  one  of  your  Disc  Phonographs, 
which  I  know  to  be  superior  to  other  types  I  would  naturally 
like  to  see  you  get  the  advantage  of  this  invention.  1  h^ve 
discussed  the  value  of  this  with  a  number  of  musicians  and 
without  exception  it  has  been  pronounced  aB  very  desirable 
and  valuable. 

It  is  comparatively  simple  and  after  the  process  of 
manufacture  was  once  established  the  cost  would  be  very  small. 

I  believe  that  this  description  fully  meets  with  the 
suggestion  of  Mr.  Meadowcroft,  and  I  will  be  pleased  to  disclose 
the  full  details  of  this  invention  to  you.  I  feel  safe  in 
assuring  you  as  a  professional  man  that  the  invention  is  of 
sufficient  moment  to  warrent  a  few  minutes  of  your  time  for  a 
personal  interview  which  I  will  appreciate. 

I  expect  to  leave  Hew  York  for  an  extended  business 
trip  next  Saturday  and  I  would  like  to  have  this  interview 
with  you  to-morrow  (Friday)  if  it  can  be  so  arranged  as  this 
will  give  you  ample  time  to  make  your  decisions  in  the  matter 
before  you  leave  for  Florida  which  I  understand  will  be  some 
time  in  the  near  future. 

The  invention  requires  no  considerable  time  or  study 
to  get  it  into  use  in  connection  with  your  phonographs,  and  it 
is  also  significant  that  it  will  be  easily  available  inoonneo- 
tion  with  alls^f  your  phonographs  now  in  use  the  effect 

would  bl^Esbroad  as  your  present  sale  of  diso^phonographs. 

The  same  is  true  of  the  oylinder  machines,  and  my 
invention  and  application  for  a  patent  covers  phonographs  of 
every  description,  whether  disc,  cylinder  or  otherwise- 

In  order  that  you  may  immediat^lvrgap  the  benefits 
to  be  derived  in  the  sale  of  phonograplSS^rWrefore  suggest 
your  immediate  consideration.  A  campaign  of  advertising  in  ac¬ 
cordance  with  your  present  system  could  be  launched  that 
greatly  surprise  the  present  manufacturers  of  Ph0??e*^s.  toget¬ 
her  with  all  Edison  customers.  The  advantages  obtained  by  my 
invention  would  remain  peculiar  to  the  Edison  phonograph  through¬ 
out  the  term  of  the  patent. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  #3 


Feb. 


1916. 


You  oan  reach  me  immediately  hy  telephoning  to 
Melrose  8196,  or  hy  sending  a  telegram  to  the  address  on  thi3 
letterhead  at  any  time  after  you  receive  this  letter  and  I  will 
appreciate  a  reply  to-night  if  possible  so  that  I  may  make  my 
engagements  to-morrow  accordingly. 

If  satisfactory  to  you,  I  would  he  glad  to  call  at 
your  Laboratory  about  3  o'clock,  to-morrow  (Friday)  afternoon, 
but  if  more  convenient  for  you  I  can  combat  any  hour  that  you 
may  name. 


I  will  bring  my  drawings  and  full  description  of  the 
invention  for  your  complete  consideration  and  owing  to  the 
simplicity  of  my  invention  it  will  require  but  a  few  minutes 
of  your  valuable  time  to  acquaint  you  with  the  most  important 
facts  connected  with  it. 


PVS/W 


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We  just  received  to-day  your  letter  //  J  ^ 
concerning  our  sheet  rubber  which  v;as  sent  by  mis-  if  Mi  f  X 
take  to  Mr.  Moffett  of  the  Pittsburgh  leader.  *  f  '  ■  > 

X  am- going  to  suggest  to  you  that  if  Mr.  \j 
Edison  is  anxious  to  substitute  an  improved  rubber 
gasket  for  his  phonographs,  that  he  can  determine  by 
an  accelerated  test  whether  our  material  is  superior 
to  that  which  he  is  now  using.  This  test  will  not 
show  that  v/e  have  the  best  possible,  but  we,  believe 
that  we  have  in  this  sample  a  stock  which  will  age  as 
well  as  any  that  can  be  produced  with  the  present  day  ^ 
rubber  knowledge.  If  you  have  some  plaoe  in  your  labora¬ 
tory  where  you  can  put  samples  of  these  two  rubbers  in  Vjf 
a  free  steam  bath  for  say  48  to  72  hours ,  an  examination 
of  the  two  stocks  in  such  a  test  ought  to  give  a  com¬ 
parative  idea  at-once,  as  to  their  relative  ageing  quali¬ 
ties.  It  v/ill  take  you  many  months  to  make  the  test  of 
ageing  in  the  regular  way. 


RSP OKI 


FBBHJAHI'9-1916. 


‘^rv 


.  EdiBon,  Wilson,  Bachman,  Looming,  Nioolai,  Waterman, 
Wetzel,  Parkhurst,  Ventres,  and  files. 


Ur.  Waterman  had  BampleB  of  the  Steel  Horn  Necks  which  were 
ot  t1lB  1aat  rneatine.  The  use  of  steel  instead  of  hraBs  seems  to  he 

on^the  various^ part  handles  and  the  operations  whi*»eperfo»ed  on  them.J^ 
preliminary  study  of  these  parts  has-been  ^ of  those  partB  can 
will  he  assigned  at  once  to  this  wohk,  so  It  haB  teen  founa. 

s.rss;  stxzzs.  srs.' » «» »» 

RECORD  RAPE  FOR  "0-150". 


(me  question  came  up  whsther  we  were  to  make  these  Hacks  here 
nrflflsnt  time  we  are  "buying  the  various  hent  strips 

TAMPER  for  00jS  PLATED  PARIS. 

Ur.  Waterman  submitted.  sample.,  reporduoer  cup  lacquered  with 
our  regular  lacquer  and  also  with  as ™  are 

latter  was  too  dark  a  color,  and  apparently  of  worjc  dippod  instead  of 

using  at  the  present  time.  He  also  show  “*©  arrange  to  dip  these  parts 

brushed.  This  looks  very  good  and  he  will  proceed  to  arrang 
obtained  at  a  reduction  in  cost. 

MECHANISM 


■  *.  w  r£'ST«? 

n  investigation  he  foundthat  the  hole  in  oflnter  o£  the  Spring.  This  is 

ver  the  Spring  Hook  in  the  Sleeve  was  no  maa£actViVe  Md  Hr.  Parkhurst  will 
Lue  to  earelessness  on  the  part  of  the  p  ng  fault.  It  was  also  called, 

lake  arrangements  to  inspect  these  springs  for  this  fault. 


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to  Ur.  William's' attention  and  he  was  instructed  to  see  that  this  point  was 
noted  on  the  inspection  of  this  part  in  tho  assembling  department. 

Ur.  Halpin  also  reported  that  he  had  found  two  (2)  machines 
in  which  the  hall  carries  the  thrust  of  the  turn  table  spindle,  had  cut  into 
the  spindle  because  of  softness  of  ball,  or  rust,  The  question  of  commercial 
steel  balls  whioh  we  are  now  using  will  be  taken  up  with  the  Purchasing  Depart¬ 
ment  with  a  view  to  determine  whether  or  not  any  ohango  in  specification  has 
taken  place  recently.  Also  thiB  trouble  was  called  to  the  attention  of  the 
inspection  department  and  groater  oare  is  to  be  used  in  oiling  this  bearing  in 
assembly. 


Drawings  for  this  new  weight  have  been  issued  and  work  has 
been  started  on  the  pattorns  for  same.  Ur.  Olson  was  instructed  to  commence 
work  on  the  forming  cutters  for  this,  so  that,  as  soon  as  possible  this  can  be 
adopted  in  the  regular  manufacture. 

It  was  suggested  that  the  Winding  Crank  handle  screw  and 
Horn  lifting  Shaft  Handle  screw  be  blued  rather  than  gold  or  niokel  plated.  This 
was  disapproved  by  the  committee  because  the  fact  that  these  screws  come  in 
contact  with  the  hand  of  the  operator  of  the  Phonograph  and  would  be  Very  likely 
to  rust  if  blued. 

REPRODUCER  CUP  HITS  RING  SCREW. 

The  Production  Department  advised  that  they  are  no  longer 
able  to  get  stock  of  the  diameter  specified  on  the  drawing  whioh  calls  for  .046 
to  .047,  they  can,  however,  get  stock  .045  and  Hr.  Waterman  will  make  up  several 
samples  of  this  screw  with  this  size  stook  and  submit  to  the  Engineering  Depart¬ 
ment  as  soon  as  possible,  as  far  as  anybody  can  tell  at  this  time,  this  stook 
will  be  satisfactory. 

TURN  TABLE  PELT. 


Ur.  Rios  reported  that  the  device  for  pressing  this  felt  on 
to  the  turn  table  woulC  be  ready  for  trail  in  a  few  days.  This  will  do  *way 
with  the  hand  operation  of  pressing  the  felt  on  to  tho  turn  tablo. 

The  use  of  number  one  denatured  alcohol  wqs  discussed  for 
cutting  the  shellac  used  to  fasten  the  felt  to  the  turn  table.  We  are  now  using 
Crain  Alcohol  at  Two  dollars  and  eighty-five  cents  ($2.85)  a  gallon,  and  yet 
we  could  possibly  use  denatured  alcohol  at  Forty  eight  cents  (40(2) .  This  is 
to  be  tried  out  immediately  to  determine  whether  or  not  the  Bhellac  mixed  with 
the  denatured  alcohol  will  have  as  good  holding  power  as  the  present  shellao. 

EQUIPMENT. 

The  disoussion  of  the  method  for  handling  the  subject  for 
new  equipment  through  out  the  factory  for  machine  toolB  and  also  jigs,  fixtures, 
eto«,  was  discussed  at  length. 

Mr.  Rambert' s  memorandum  on  the  subjeot  was  read,  and  then  the 
oonmittee  drew  up  the  form  for  request  for  equipment.  The  Engineering 


Department  has  a  number  of  eueh  requests  and  this  fon  will^e  Sotts^out 
being  that^^fnf^Je^esentaoqu'ipmont  toe'shop  Superintendent^  the 

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the  reason  for  the  suseeetea  onang  ^  Maak  regarding  the  original  cost 

Maintenance  Department  vdio  will  fi  -olaoe.  Shis  will  then  come  to  the 

and  age,  and  suggest  new  equipment  to  t^e  its  place^  «  discussed 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
c/o  The  raison  lahoratori 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  raison: 


As  yon  probably  km 
derful  Diamond  Diso  phonograph  which 
"talking  machines."  ^  __ 

Your  representativf?T^ft$^>5^S£cm,  has!  asked  me  tjo  express 
to  you  direct  a  desire  for  records  of  the  very  highest  type, — for 
instance,  some  quartette  records  by  the  famous  Flonzalagf'  Quartette. 
As  you  doubtless  know,  it  is  now  recognised  as  the  firmest  quartette 
in  the  world,  and  while  recently  in  our  city,  their  manager,  Mr. 
loud  on  Charlton,  stated  that  a  contract  for  ton  records\with  the 
Victor  people  was  not  fulfilled  merely  because  the  reproduction  of 
their  work  on  their  type  of  machine  was  so  very  unsatisfactory  that 
the  Quartette  refused  to  go  further.  My  enthusiasm  for  fthe  wel¬ 
fare  of  the  Diamond  Disc 'led  me  to  ask  Mr.  Charlton  if  h<f  would 
negotiate  with  you  for  some  records,  and  his  reply  was  iA  the  af¬ 
firmative.  \ 


Your  wonderful  machine  is  the  only  one  which  can  properly 
reproduce  this  beautiful  music  and  we  believe  it  is  the  class  of 
music  that  Edison  owners  are  looking  forward  to.  This  is  cer¬ 
tainly  our  experience,  and.  to  have  on  our  list  so  famous  an  organi¬ 
sation  would  he  of  unestiraable  value  to  aL  1  Edison  dealers. 


Our  recent  recital,  by  Miss  Christine  Miller  was  gratify- 
ingly  successful  and  will  certainly  bring  us  enduring  results.  \7e 
enclose  herewith  a  letter  of  appreciation  ^rom  the  Vice  President 
of  the  great  Travelers'  Insurance  Co.  as  an  example  of  many  ex¬ 
pressions  received. 


You  "S  11  please  pardon  my  intrusion  upon  your  valuable 
time,  hut  my  eagerness  to  have  the  above  Quartette  on  the  Edison 
list  leads  me  to  present  the  subject  to  you  direot. 

Very  sincerely  yours, 


HARTFORB  DAILY  TIMES,  THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY  10, 


&eJL  - 


HENRY  EDMUNDS. 


iffil/mmtwt.  .  /Znt.i/r/U  Z/r/t  /far/, 

/frj/jH  f ■  s.  w. 

l4th.  Fob.  1916. 


Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq.. 
Menlo  Park, 

OEAHGE.  K.J. 


A- 

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Uy  Dear  Hr.  Edison: 

Hie  last  time  X  had  the  pleasure  of  meeting 
you  was  at  the  cIob©  of  the  PariB  Exhibit  ion,  in  1**1.  lUe 
first  tine  we  met  was  at  the  house  of  my  old  friend,  Mr.  William 
Wallace,  of  Ansonia  Conn,  in  the  Fall  of  1*77.  Beside  your.elf 
there  were  also  Prof.  Chandler,  th.  late  Prof.  Morten,  and  my 
late,  and  much  lamented  friend.  Prof.  Darker  of  Philadelphia. 

At  that  time  we  were  all  interested  in  seeing  a  demonstration 
t>y  Mr.  William  Wallace  of  his  "TelemioonJ  for  the  transmission 
of  power  eleotrioally  to  a  distanoe. 

Shortly  after  that  (in  Decembor  1*77)  Prof.  Barker  and  X 
called  on  you  at  Menlo  Park,  at  your  thon  small  laboratory ;  and 
we  were  fortunate  enough  to  be  present  at  the  birth  of  the 
Phonograph.  X  recollect  well  your  putting  up  your  hand  as  we 
entered  the  room,  and  calling  for  silence.  The  next  minute 
you  turned  on  a  somewhat  orude  embryo  Phonograph— a  cylinder 
covered  with  a  piece  of  tin-foil,  and  a  diaphragm  with  a  needle 
.  The  tin-foil  had  already  been  spoken  to,  and  for  the 


stylus, 


TAE  2 


first  time 
that:- 


i  recorded  speeoh  was  repeated  to  our  f 


,  stating 


"Mary  had  a  little  Iambi" 
fou  may  recollect  that  I  was  much  interested.  You  gave  me  a 
lescription,  whioh  I  took  the  opportunity  of  communicating  to 
the  notice  of  the  European  publio  through  the  London  J'Tlmoc"  of 
the  gth.  Jan.  l^tf,  which  immediately  produced  a  great  furore 
among  the  people  over  here,  and  I  was  besieged  with  letters  of 
inquiry  regarding  the  Phonograph  and  what  was  to  be  done  with  it; 
and  all  kinds  of  proposals,  business-like  and  otherwise,  were 
made  far  its  development  commercially  on  this  Bide. 

I  gave  the  first  information  to  Sir  Willism  H.  Preece,  to 
whom  X  was  introduced  by  a  personal  letter  from  yourself ;  and 
he,  in  conjunction  with  the  late  Mr..  Stroh,  from  instructions 
given  by  me,  constructed  the  Phonograph  which  was  used  at  Mr. 
Preece  *s  lecture  at  the  Royal  Institution  in  March  18*7*.  at 
which  waB  present  Prof.  Tindall,  and  many  other  scientific  men 
who  have  now  passed  away.  Also  the  late  Lord  Tennyson,  who, 

I  remember,  would  not  be  persuaded  to  speak  into  the  maohlne, 
though  he,  along  with  all  the  others  present,  was  immensely 
impressed  with  it,  and  its  potentialities. 

You  and  I  had  correspondence  at  that  time,  but  the  whole 
of  the  commercial  business  was  transferred  to  a  Mr.  Puskus, 

(1  believe  a  Hungarian  or  Polish  gentleman)  who  stated  that  he 
had  acquired  the  European  righto  from  yourself,  so  that  my 
business  interests  oeased  in  the  Phonograph  per  so. 

In  li?79  I  again  visited  the  States,  taking  the  opportunity 


TAE  3 


of  calling  on  you  at  Menlo  Park,  and  seeing  Hr.  Bachelor.  At 
that  time  you  were  developing  the  incandescent  lamp  with  iridio- 
platinum  wires ;  hut  you  kindly  made  me  a  present  of  one  of  your 
large  tin-foil  Phonographs,  which  I  hold  as  a  treasure  among  my 
souvenirs  at  my  house  at  Brighton  today. 

Later,  I  may  say,  X  was  connected  in  partnership  with  the 
late  Sir  Joseph  Wilson  Swan,  and  assisted  in  the  development  of 
his  lamps.  Thus,  to  a  certain  extent,  our  interests  hecame 
in  rivalry. 

In  1  £>£?!?  X  again  visited  the  States,  and  through  Mr.  ^auro, 
of  Washington,  I  mot  Prof.  Tainter,  who  had  hit  on  the  idea  of 
recording  in  wax.  I  also  met  Mr.  Berliner,  and  from  each  of 
these  men  I  received  apparatus,  which  I  still  have.  I  was 
requested  to  represent  Mr.  Tainter's  European  interests,  and 
shortly  afterwards  returned  to  England,  and  read  a  paper  before 
the  British  Association  at  Bath  upon  "Talking  Machines";  and 
there  I  met  the  late  Col.  Gouraud  in  friendly  rivalry.  At  that 
period  an  opportunity  presented  itself  whereby  Col.  Gouraud  and 
I  mi  gilt  have,  to  our  mutual  advantage,  have  oombined  the 
"Graphophone"  and  Phonograph,  with  the  Berliner  Patents;  but  I 
ootid  not  get  to  any  satisfactory  conclusion  with  Col.  Gouraud. 
Soon  after  this  I  disposed,  so  far  as  I  was  concerned,  of  my 
interest  in  the  Tainter  patents  to  an  American  Group,  after 
which  I  lost  sight  of  them,  and  turned  my  attention  to  other 
matters  more  direotly  connected  with  the  manufacture  of 
electrical  cables.  I  also  interested  myself  in  many  patents 
and  inventions,  both  British  and  Amerioan,  and  this  has  been  my 
principal  business  for  some  years . 


TAB  4 


Last  November  I  sailed  with  my  friend  Mr.  Manville^  the 
Chairman  of  the  EngliBh  Daimler  Co.  to  New  York,  and  there  met 
my  friend,  Mr.  Byron  Eldred,  who  showed  me  the  latOBt  develop¬ 
ment  in  Phonographs,  which  at  once  indicated  the  enormous  strides 
that  had  been  made  in  the  perfection  of  this  wonderful  instrument. 
I  also  met  Mr.  HutohiBon,  who  said  he  would  arrange  for  me  to 
visit  Menlo  Park,  and  renew  my  acquaintance  with  yourself. 
Unfortunately,  important  business  intervened,  so  that  I  had  no 
opportunity  of  dping  this;  but  I  placed  through  Hr.  Hutchison 
an  order  for  two  machines  which  have  just  been  delivered  to  me, 
after  a  long  delay  owing  to  our  terrible  war  conditions. 

How,  Mr.  Edison,  I  wish  to  congratulate  you  and  your 
associates  moat  heartily  at  the  enormous  success  you  have 
aohieved.  It  is  really  a  magnificont  pieoo  of  work;  and,  unless 
you  have  already  made  arrangements  to  the  contrary,  I  should  very 
muoh  like,  with  my  friend  Mr.  Manville,  to  bo  associated  in  some 
way  with  the  introduction  of  this,  your  new  machine,  here  in 
England.  I  have  boon  in  communication  with  your  representatives 
in  London,  who  do  not  seem  to  be  aware  of  your  latest  typo,  or  at 
any  rate,  have  got  no  examples.  1  have  no  wish  to  suggest 
interference  with  arrangements  that  may  have  bo  an  made;  but  if 
the  new  development  can  be  taken  up  as  a  business,  apart  from  the 
older  Phonograph,  1  should  be  very  glad  if  you  would  kindly 
consider  the  matter,  and  let  me  have  your  views  thereon. 

I  am  sure  you  will  oxouse  this  somewhat  long  and 
reminiscent  letter,  which  has  interested  me  vepy  much  to  write 
and  recall  the  recollections  of  many  years  ago,  when  you  and  I 


TAE  5 

wore  earlier  acquainted. 

Reverting  again  to  the  huninooa  sfcde  of  this  letter,  I  woilild 
I'eraind  you  that  war  taxes  have  plaood  a  tariff  of  33^3  $  on 
musical  and  talking  machines  and  records  introduced  into  Gt. 
Britain,  with  aview  both  to  restricting  the  purchase  of  non- 
neeesGaries,  and  also  the  encouragement  of  local  Industrie. a  in 
this  country.  It  might  he  well,  therefore,  to  'oonaidbr  to  what 
extent  the  apparatus  and  records  oould  he  produced  in  England, 
and  vfftat  manufacturing  facilities  would  he  requisite  for  that 
purpose.  I  am  taking  this  opportunity  of  speaking  ahead, 
heoause  I  do  not  think'  the  Government  would  at  present  sanction 
the  finding  of  capital  for  purposes  of  this  kind;  hut  after  the 
'liar  if  a  project  could  he  defined,  it  might  be  something  to  look 
forward  to. 

I  should  he  glad  if,  from  time  to  time,  you  would  kindly 
send  me  any  speoial  records,  illustrative  of  the  capacity  of  the 
Instrument,  ahd  which  you,  yourself,  think  Interesting. 

I  waB  Borry  to  see  a  note  from  my  American  friends  last 
week,  reporting  the  death  of  our  old  friend,  Mr.  Thos.  Wallace, 
of  Ansonia.  Had  ho  lived  till  February,  he  would  have  been 
ninety  years  of  ago.  You  will  probably  rooall  his  active  business 
energy  in  the  *70s  when  wo  first  met. 

Trusting  you  ate  in  good  health,  with  kind  regards, 

Yours  sincerely. 


.dU  _ 


CRJ/HI 


Afemu,<0fluu©,UoiS,,A . 

February  15,  1916. 

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Mr.  V/.H.  Meadoworof t , 

laboratory  of  ThomaB  A.  Edisonf^  VvU**^r",'S 
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Dear  Sir:-  o-r~CJj-^-\- 


Orange,  II.  J. 


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While  the  writer  was  with  Mr  .'Ed  i  son  «~~i 

he  suggested  the  possibility  of  using  spun  glass  as  afjjom-f  A 

pounding  ingredient  on  account  of  the  fact  that  it  would  T 

have  a  structure  with  one  dimension  greater  than  the  other  /L.^  & 
two,  which  he  considered  desirable  in  the  rubber  compound,  i.  P 
We  have  made  attempts  to  get  some  of  this  material,  but  have  "  ' 
been  unable  to  locate  any  except  under  the  head  of  glass  wool 
which  is  quite  expensive. 

Will  you  be  so  good  as  to  ask  iir.  Edison 
where  the  material  which  was  suggested  could  be  obtained..'-' 
would  appreciate  this  kindness  very  much. 


QiJirC~6  tix.  iuuCe* 

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of  2-t>d  _ 


Ur.  C.  i-..  Johnson, 

”hc  Goodyear  "ire  &  Kubber  Co., 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Dear  Mr.  Johnson: 

Your  favor  of  the  ltth  instant  in  regard  to  the  use 
of  spun  glass  as  a  compounding  ingredient  was  received.  I  have 
shown  it  to  Mr.  Edison. 

He  wants  me  to  say  in  reply  that  he  dooE  not  know  who 
makeE  the  spun  glass  in  this  country,  but  you  can  easily  make 
it  for  yoursolf  with  a  wooden  wheel  run  by  a  motor,  "he  wheel 
can  be,  say,  £4"  diameter  with  a  2"  wide  face,  nil  you  need  is 
Bunsen  burner  and  a  piece  of  flaws  rod  or  tubing,  fhe  manipula¬ 
tion  only  takes  a  little  oi.porience ,  :  no  you  can  got  the  spun 
glass  in  any  length  and  at  fine  as  you  want. 

Hi-.  Edison  also  suggests  that  you  should  send  to  the 
Johns-Manv-ille  Company,  (Madison  nvonuo  &  41st  Etreot,  liew  York 
City),  and  get  some  two  or  three  pound  samples  of  their  real 
short  fibre  asbostoe.  Ehis  can  be  ground  by  a  small  steel  -  ball 
mill  and  can  bo  screonod  through  a  iiowago  Screen,  which  is  made 
by  Sturtevant  of  3oston.  You  can-  get  this  material  200  mesh  fine. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


$1  ifltatr  (Eontpatu 


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:•!;«  Ildi-r  on'  prod; 


Our  Indians-  'have  shown  a 
.ry  willing  buy  ere  and  nave 
on  the  maahir.es,  by  you  in  • 
:r  types  of  Acutrolns  ,  v.-hici; 
As  record  buyers  our  India; 


;onch  part  of 


our  ( 


:  true 


;  that  tires  \ 


intcl  end  the  IkUron 
ee.  ve  their  quarterly 
o  t.  fair  buisnets.-  with 
r,t  do  v.-ell  on  account 
Indian  buys  mostly 
higher  classes  of  song, 
pecally  those  who  have 
whole  we  think  the  Ir.dajn 

_ _  received  some-  education 

along  the  higher  linen. Opera  never  enters  their  head.alltho  we  have  two 
locale  Indians  in  the  east  now  who  are  studing  for  tJ}e  dffn*_,°Pe^_°^aee 


■  pleas- 

machine  fills  that  want  wi 
pa-r.ent  everj  three  worths 

then, how  ever  of  the  late  payment  w.-  rav.  r.ui  ■ 
of  local  condition  regarding  the  oil  leasing. T 
the  rag  band  records  and  rag  songs,  and  some  th> 
ijuite  a  number  purchaser  take  to  the  overture,  - 
been  to  the  Indian  schools  in  the  taet.And  as  ■ 
.  band  music  of  any  kind  after 


f-.eir 


and  from  the  reports  received  they  are  doing  well  and  will  make 

emains  to  be  heard  off, a.-r.d  of  course  v.e  are  vant- 
their  own  records  and  record  their 

,  two  and  three  large 


. . lext  year. Which 

ing  to  happen.  Indians  love  to  mak 
own  song  and  talks. Some  of  our  Indians  have 
trunks  full  of  their  own  recording.  We  Bell  i 
cords  to  one  party  at  a  time., and  in  hearing 
a  real  point  of  finish  and  artlstness  which  io  aug-prioing. 


may  £ 

high  as  fifty  blank  re- 
le  records  they  are  to 


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BROOKLYN.  N.  Y., 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison 

Orange,  K.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  had  in  my  possession  a  great  many  years 
your  standard  phonograph  and/I  have  a  number  of  records 
and  for  purity  of  tone  I  would  ask  nothing  better  but  in 
buying  records  at  the  pre'sent  time,  I  cannot  get  anything 
without  some  defect  and^the  dealers  tell  me  they  are  all 
that  way.  / 

Could  you  kindly  say  if  this  is  true?  If  not, 


where  can  1  buy/^ood  records  in  Brooklyn? 


Yours  truly, 

vT.  ^ 

271  Wth  St 
Brooklyn, K,.Yjji 
\gXJ3  «»L-Laa-c 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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<1 yAv'/naJ  £$  (gcfabm/. 


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{  Peb.  £4th .  1916. 

IV***  eM^ 

0  r*’1*  y  fp  /<, 

Your  favor  of  the  19th  iustoot/'to  ^jv  i  A 
no  he  v.iAe^^/' 
of  tire  new 0/  fA 

r'*'  A  lfU  t  k’lvJ'» 

diamond  point  reproducers  on  your  phoji&ferap]**  ^jA 

or  whether  it  is  one  of  the  qyig|^l  steyli'felre^V  yK^ 
reproducers?  V** 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  jAply.  A*\  s  A. 

w  ^  wA 

remarn.  ,>  / 

v  va 

Edison  laboratory. 


Mr.  S.  S.  Jemison, 
271  -  84th  Street, 
Brooklyn,  II.  Y. 


Mr.  Edison  has  been  received,  t 
us  to  ask  whether  you  have  one 


Yours  very  truly, 


wrw'A'“ 


^Jc  wAyi  (hAJL  d  ')<AJL  (5-^.- 

'XrU~*. 


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Will  you  kindly  advise  if  what  X  am  doing  will  y 
in  any  way  injure  the  records.  Feeling  conscious  I  was  /' 
not  getting  out  all  that  might  be  obtained  from  a  record', 

I  have  greased  some  of  my  records  with  a  little  cosmoline. 

This  has  a  tendency  to  do  three  things;  it  intensifies  the 
whole  record;  second,  it  seems  to  bring  out,  some  of  the 
softer  over-tones;  third,  it  obviates  some  of  the  scratch 
which  is  noticeable. 

Thanking  you  for  a  reply,  I  remain. 


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SPECIAL  MANUFACTURING  COMMITTEE  MEETING. 
FEBHUAHY  22d,  1916. 

mn  IN  THE  OFFICE  OF  THE  ASST.CHIEF  ENGINEER. 

TO  DISCUSS  THE  POLISHING  AND  BUFFING  DEPARTMENT  SITUATION. 


PRESENT!  Messrs.  Constable,  Ventres,  Waterman,  Olson,  Bartley, 


ment.  Mr.  Waterman  will  have  this  machine  set  np  and  Messrs.  V/atorman  and 

Bartley  will  try  this  out  on  Buffacing  the  Top  Plate.  Other  Top  Plates  will 

also  he  tried  out  with  a  large  disc  grinding  wheel. 

BARREL  SHAFT  SUPPORT  ON  THE  SINGLE  DOUBLE  BARREL  TYPE  DISC  AND  THE  SINGLE  AND 
DOUBLE  BARREL  AMBEROLA  TURN  TABLE  SPINDLE  BRACKETS. 

Mr.  Olson  has  already  compiled  data  on  the  parts  connection  for 
continuous  milling  operations  rather  than  grinding.  It  appears  at  the  present 
time  that  a  saving  effected  by  using  a  milling  process  rather  than  grinding. 

Mr.  Olson  will  imnediately  get  hold  of  the  representative  of  the  Booker  Milling 
Maohine  Co.,  and  go  into  this  in  detail.  Mr.  Waterman  will  cooperate  on  thiB 
and  as  soon  as  possible  make  out  a  machinery  requisition  blank  with  the  full  data 
to  be  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison. 

AMBEROLA  TOP  PLATE. 

It  was  pointed  out  that  considerable  buffing  and  polishing  could 
be  omitted  from  these  top  plates  as  they  are  raado  at  present,  because  of  the  fact 
that  tho  governor  oovor  covers  the  top  plate  very  largely,  and  it  1b  not  essential 
to  finish  the  space  under  this  cover.  This  will  be  put  into  effect  at  onoe. 

Mr.  Ventres  will  take  the  matter  of  wet  sea  sand  blasting  of  suoh  casting  up 


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COmiNIJOPS  POLl'SHIHa  OF  HI Wg: ;S  AMD  SMALL  FLAT  PARIS. 

Mr.  Bartley  has  a  number  of  ideas  on  special  fixtures  that  oould 
be' gotten  up  for  these  parts  and  Hr.  Olson  will  cooperate  with  him  at  once,  to 
design  and  build  such  fixtures  for  the  rapid  and  economical  polishing  of  these 
parts.  It  was  also  decided  that  there  are  a  number  of  parts,  especially  nickel 
buffed  parts,  which  can  be  taken  from  the  grinding  department  at  once,  and  done 
by  girls.  This  proposition  is  ready  for  immediate  action,  and  Mr.  V/aterman 
will  get  Hr.  Leeming's  approval  at  once,  to  move  as  many  of  the  small  polishing 
operations  as  he  oan  from  the  grinding  department  to  some  other  suitable  place 
where  non-union  operators  can  be  put  on  the  job  at  once,  this  will  to  a  large 
extent  relieve  the  congestion  in  the  grinding  department.  It  is  also  suggested 
that  the  burring  and  snagging  of  all  castings  be  done  in  the  casting  shed  as 
this  operation  is  not  really  polishing,  and  can  be  done  without  any  trouble 
by  an  Inexperienced  man.  By  memoving  this  operation  from  the  polishing  department 
no  feeling  will  be  created  among  the  expert  polishers.  V7e  recommend  that  this 
be  done  at  once,  and  Mr.  Leeming's  approval  on  this  is  desired. 

Mr.  Ventres  will  report  as  soon  a3  possible  on  the  lay-out  for  the 
new  polishing  room  in  which  provision  will  be  made  for  girl  operators  on  the 
small  polished  parts.  This  department  will  be  laid  out  and  put  into  action  as 
soon  as  Hi-.  Ventres  and  Mr.  Scott  oan  arrive  at  satisfactory  conculsions. 

It  was  decided  that  it  would  be  advisable  for  this  committee  to 
arrange  to  go  thru  the  Singer  Plant  and  study  their  polishing  operations,  and 
also  any  other  which  may  be  near.  Mr.  Ventres  will  arrange  for  this  and  when¬ 
ever  convenient  the  committee  will  look  into  this  matter  . 


Bartley  and  files. 


pbruary  24,  1916. 


In  addition  to  the  orders  mentioned  in  memorandum  sent 
you  by  Hr.  Maxwell,  we  have  received  orders  from  the  following  job¬ 
bers  for  shipment  in  monthly  instalments  as  allotted  by  us,  before 


September  1st: 


Phonograph  Corporation  of  Manhattan,  $282,250 


(Their  allotment  was  $325, 00G,  but  this 
included  February  shipments,  and  as  the 
order  placed  does  not  make  any  deductions 
for  February  shipments,  it  about  amounts 
to  the  allotment  made  them) 


Girard  Phonograph  Co.,  Phila.,  $150,000 

(This  is  a  little  more  than  the  allotment 
made  them,  as  there  are  no  deductions 
made  for  February  shipments) 


Pardee-Ellenberger  Co.,  Hew  Haven  &  Boston,  $213,000 

(Their  allotment  was  $255,000,  but  it  was 
impossible  to  get  them  up  to  the  full 
amount ) 


Telegram  from  Maxwell,  Pittsburgh,  advises  that  Buehn 
Phonograph  Co.  placed  an  order  for  $5,000  more  than  their  allot¬ 
ment.  I  am  ur\able  to  tell  you  just  what  their  allotment  was, 
as  Maxwell  has  the  sheets  with  him. 

Everything  so  far  indicates  that  the  total  orders  which 
we  will  receive  will  almost  equal  the  total  allotments  made,  and 
as  we  expeoted  to  depreciate  the  allotments  10$,  I  think  we  will 
receive  all  the  orders  we  expected. 

As  fast  as  new  orders  come  in  I  will  advise  you. 

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March  10th.  1916. 


Mr.  E.  C.  re  to  rice, 

306  Main  ::treot.  South, 

Fairfield,  Iowa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  27th  ultimo  was  received.  V.o  beg 
to  say  In  reply  that  there  nave1  been  no  repair  oarts  made  for 
many  years  past  for  use  in  the  old  type  of  phonograph  to  which 
you  refer,  i.e  could  not  supply  any  of  them,  nor  could  we  sup¬ 
ply  any  tin  foil  for  records. 

Unless  you  have  some  sontimental  or  oihor  roaepus  for 
retaining  the  old  type  of  machine,  we  would  be  willing  to  exchange 
with  you  for  one  of  our  cylinder  machines  and  a  dozen  records, 
which  you  could  select  for  yourself.  1'he  machine  which  v;e  would 
propose  to  give  you  in  exchango  would  be  type  30.  Vie  enclose 
catalogue  of  machines  and  records. 

Of  course,  our  proicsition  for  this  exchange  is  sub¬ 
ject  to  the  old  model  being  in  good  condition. 

1-leuse  lot  tis  know  what  you  think  of  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 


Enclosures. 


D.  J.  LAWN  , . ~ 

furniture  l" 


Thos.A.  Edison  Co.  Inc., 


might  have  a  few  more  good  instri 
of  ti  e  good  old  German  Foil:  song: 


county  and  have  already  got  tot? 

c 

records  very  hadly,  especially 
different  days  that  exercises 


me  to  ask  if  weSvill  soon  h^e, 
more  good  instrumental  Hawaiian  Records  and  also  a  feu 
erman  Folk  songs  sung  in  German.  I  wish  that  I  could  also 
tions  or  records  that  would  be  good  for  schooljise,.  I  am 
to  install 

il  ready  gottoKmyfirst  order,  but  ^nee^^chooi 

_  stmronriato  f  oV  \.VaAs& 


wou^Ld  be  ap^opi'^^g^j 

eC^LT^f'grv^n^’  commemoration  of . 


n  only  offering  the  above  as  suggestioi 


ossible.  There  is  i 


lerful  future  for  the  Di: 


the  schools,  as  I  have  convinced  myself  that  they  can  be  rla. 
proper  efforts  are  made. 

Wishing  you  much  success  I  am, 


The "Hawaiian  record  #  50288  is  a  wonder  and  is  one  of  the  fines^  records  I 
know  of  to  compare  the  real  musical  qualities  of  other  makes  of  machines 
with,  as  this  same  record^made  for  the  Victor  and  is  played  by  the  same 

artists.  Have  you  s^en  the— hle|  put  out  by  the  Victor  people  entitled 
"A  New  Correlation";  Ifnot  look  up  . 


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Halpin,  Ventres,  Tfetael,  7/aterman,  Luhr, 
lewis,  Isen’oerg,  and  Hies. 


>.mrrc  PT.agS  IJOH  DISC  PHOIiOGRAPH. 

Ur.  Wilson  on  advice  from  the  iegal 
Department  reouested  that  the  numbers  on  the  Lame  rl-tc 
he  filled  in  in  such  a  way  that  they  u 

readily  visible.  This  can  easily  d e  done  oy  iiliing  ii 
the  numbers  with  japan  and  than  wiped  oil.  lhi^ 
approved  by  the  committee  and  will  be  put  into  effect 


SISKBP  THRU  TABLES . 

Hr.  Halpin  reported  that  he  and  Hr.  Hayoi 
had  verv  carefully  tested  the  Dished  and  3'lat  iurn 
Tables  with  the  usual  records  to  determine  whether  or 
not  any  affect  was  made  in  the  music.  The  results 
showed  no  noticeable  diiferenoe. 


It  was  decided  by  the  committe  that  the 
B«oor&  Hack  for  use  in  the  "0-1B0"  tob inet  should  be 
coated  with  Air  Dried  japan,  the  same  as  is  bein„  used 
on  all  horns  at  the  present  time. 

Great  improvement  has  been  made  during 
the  past  week  in  the  manufacture  of  spot  welding  these 
.  racks.  This  has  been  accomplished  oy  the  proper 
construction  of  the  electrodes  on  the  machines  so  tnat 
one  spot  weld  could  be  done  where  xormerly  two  were 


The  Sales  Department  advise  that  al] 
"C-150"  Phonographs  shipped  beginning  march  1st.  si 


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be  eoulppea  with  these  Record  Racks. 


AMBBROLA  SOP  PLATE. 

iir.  Waterman  submitted  a  finished 
imoerola  Machine  in  which  the  amount  of  huffing  before 
iauanning  was  reduced,  as  per  the  specification  Oi 
the  suecial  committee  culled  sometime  ago  to  aiscuss  the 
huffing  the  polishing  situation,  these  xop  Platex 
are  O.K.  and  the  committee  approved  the  process  ox 
huffing. 


mro-l-i  HACHIH3. 


Idr.  Olson  reported  that  the  numbering 
punch  for  the  Ilame  Plates  would  probably  be  finished 


IMPPIHG  I.lACIillig. 

the  happing  machine  for  Bearings  in  the ^ 
Governor  Shafts  has  been  moved  to  tho  Jobbing  department 
fbr  more  thorough  trial,  as  it  appears^  chat  tne  men 
operating  this  machine  are  holding  haem  ana  ohe  expected 
results  are  not  obtained.  Hr.  Reese  will  operate  t_is 
machine  and  will  report  full  information  regarding  same 
unde-'’  manufacturing  conditions,  before  it  is  again 
returned  to  Hr.  Ward's  •Department. 


ROLLED  SCREWS. 

the  Purchasing  Department  submitted 
samples  of  Rolled  Machine  Screws  which  are  cneaper  than 
the  turned  screws.  These  will  bo  suojeet  to  test 
and  where  nossihle  the  Draughting  Department  will 
cull  for  these  screws  in  place  of  tne  more  expensive 
machined  screws  now  used. 


QUIET  OPSRA'l'IOH  OR  PKOHOGHAPH 

Mr.  Halpin  has  testea  several  phonographs  equipped 
v/ith  Aluminum  and  1‘ihre  Worm  Wheels. 


The  P’ibre  gave  excellent  results  in  regard 
to  noise,  hut  the  Aluminum  showed  considerable  wear. 

These  Machines  will  he  turned  over  to  Hr.  Ries  xor  - 
wear  test  in  the  Record  Building. 


DRPHKEH  GOVERHORS. 

She  situation  oh  Drunken  Governors  has 

f®ot  thatdeverymgovernor  is^telted  undlr  operating 
conditions  before  assembled  to  the  mechanism. 

I'r  Devine  and  Mr.  Williams  are  watching 

governor  is  produced.,  jehis  is  being  tried  out 
thoroughly  before  tne  unal  adoption. 

DAOOUBRRD  KKPB0DP03RS. 

Mr.  Waterman  lias  tried  baking  the 
Reproducers  lacquered  with  •  our  regular  iae ouer 
180  to  200°,  but  has  found  tin-*  this  1S  rl0t  - 
as  the  Air  Dried  Lacquer. 

It  was  pointed  out  to  the  committee  that 
West  Oranse  water  used  in  nickel  and  copper  plating  was 
colored,  and  the  committee  advised  investigation  ox 

'  S^c^of  our^ing*  VehwaiereusedSin  goll  plating 

g  S?2K4 

amount  of  Surltf whicfnilght^?!^  the°gSld  pkiting. 


MAOHIHERY  EQUIPMENT . 

A  number  of  reauests  for  machinery  were 
discussed  and  these  passed  uponbythecommt t ee ,  and 
sent  to  the  Division  Manager  with  the  committees  re 
commendation. 


,  Chas  Edison,  V/ilsi 


Mr.  Edison: 


a  rational  orders  received  from  the  following  jobherB  for 
monthly  t.twoen  no.  ond  S.pt.mh.r  1st, 

Texas - Oklahoma  Phonograph  Co.-  Here  than  their  allotment. 
Montana  Phonograph  Co.-  Their  full  allotment. 

Shultz  Bros.  -  Their  full  allotment. 

Co.  covering  their  full  allotment. 

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Copy  to  Mr.  Charles  Edison. 


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El th  profound  respect,  I  nm, 


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Hr.  Harold  U.  Adams, 

bureau  of  :Jteam  .engineering, 
favy  Department, 

'.Vashington,  D.  0. 


Allow  ns  to  apologise  for  not  having  given 
your  letter  of  January  24tli  the  prompt  attention  it 
deserved.  For  somo  reason  or  other,  possibly  due  to 
the  recent  reorganisation  of  the  Company,  this  letter 
got  into  the  files  in  some  way  and  only  oano  to  light 
today. 


Attaehod  to  it  is  the  report  of  our  Engine or ing 
Staff,  which  says  in  effoct  that  while  the  idea  is  an 
extremely  good  one  and  vory  carefully  worked  out,  v/c  liavo 
already  recognised  the  inconvenience  to  customers  which 
the  lnc3r  of  riling  Dovice  for  the  C-150  occasions,  and 
have  taken  stops  to  cover  the  situation  thoroughly. 

Thanking  you  for  your  courtesy  in  sending  us 
this  blueprint,  and  trusting  that  you  are  getting  good 
service  and  satisfaction  from  your  instrument,  X  remain. 


Tours  very  truly, 


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wSR-*^  ^  , 

I  have  for  some  time  entertained  .the  idea  that. 

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possibly  phonograph  neproduHion  pould^g^gtens if^d^qr 

improved  by  some  devl^esucli  as  is  u&^d  in  thg  transmitter  / 

„  A  ,  LO<t  JH^r / 

or  receiver  of  a  telephone,^  introducing-  ^he  me|.iurr^(n^  ^  ^e..^  1/ 
pulverized  carbon  in  the  vibrator  disc,  v^th  or^vr i^.ho >  jjt^oo  i 1~~f> — ^ 
and  battery.  You  have  no  doubt  discarded  this  idea  years  ago. 

It  would  be  a  matter  o!f  no  little  satisfaction  to 
me  if  you  would  instruct  your  secretary  to  advise,  me  on  this 
point  as  I  have  not  sufficient  knowledge  or  equipment  to  try 
it  out. 

Yours  very  truly,  \ 


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March  17th.  1916. 


lir.  r.obert  J.  Merriara, 

%  Poster,  iierriam  Company, 

Meriden,  Conn. 

Tear  Sir: 

your  favor  of  the  lith  instant  was  received  and  laid 
before  Mr.  Edison.  He  requests  me  to  say  in  reply,  that  the 
amplification  would  not  be  satisfactory  for  the  musical  phono¬ 
graph.  Vie  use  this  method,  however,  with  a  device  that  is 
combined  with  our  dictating  machine,  and  called  the  Teloscribe. 
with  this  combined  apparatus  we  can  record  telephone  conversa¬ 
tions,  for  instance,  those  between  buyer  and  seller. 

Ur.  Edison  suggests  that  X  ask  our  Mr.  Durand  to  write 
you  in  regard  to  the  dictating  machine  and  telcscribe. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


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■  ’  ..  yd 


3  attached  correspondence ,  all  having 


)  a  record  made  by  the  Llencheste 


forwarded  to  you,  I  would  strongly  re  courier'd 


iconmend  that^y^’eLnt^fei^"  &  ^^yf 

youj^ivpfefas  a 

;eraent  of  ^ptt&oord  .■  |  '** 


ising  enthueiastio  phonograph  u 


-  $r  , 

;re  £jfe  a  V 

&  L.y 

the  membd&hip  ^t  ^ 
rs.  ThooelV0,  1  i!|  , 


societies  meet  monthly,  reproduce  the  latest  phonograph  record^  u-  J 

•  w  j 

and  discuss  thoir  merits.  As  a  rulo,  the  reports  of  their  tnoetjif*'  i 

>v  '  tJ 

ings  are  published  in  the  different  trade  periodicals  of  CreJt  ,,j 

{  a  ^ 

Britain.  X  enclose  herewith  several  clippings  from  talking ^ 
machine  trado  periodicals  of  the  latest  issues.  * 

Tihnnnr-rv ir.h  Bocioties  have  contributed  in  a  / 


These  phonoernph  sociptios  have  contributed  in  a  t 

j  toward  boosting  our  cylinder  phonographs  and  records, 


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Hr.  "eadoworoft: 

I  hand  you  herewith  a  copy  of  a  memorandum  addressed 
to  Mr.  Edison,  dated  Hay  25th.  With,  the  memorandum  I  sent  a 
four-minute  record  made  by  the  Manchester  Edison  Society,  hut 
in  some  way  the  record  became  mislaid,  as  nr.  Edison  advised-JBa 
as  not  having  received  same. 

I  also  hand  you  herewith  a  copy  of  a  further  communica¬ 
tion  received  from  Hr.  Percy  Howard,  Honorable  Secretary  of  the 
Manchester  Edison  Scoiety,  attached  to  which  you  will  find  a 
letter  giving  the  subject  matter  contained  on  the  record  referred 
to  above.  _I  am  sure  that  a  few  words  of  acknowledgement  from  Mr. 
Edison  would  be  greatly  appreciated  by  the  Society,  and"  I  shall  be 
pleased  to  have  you  bring  the  matter  to  Mr.  Edison’s  attention. 


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xhe  Hanchester  Hdison  Society. 


11,  Walter  Street, 
old.  irafford 

Manchester, 

Hneland. 

November  7,  1915. 


Hr.  Stevens, 

Dear  air: 

i  now  beg  to  advise  you  of  the 

record  made  for  Hr.  adison  at  our  last  meeting,  which,  1  am  sending 
to  you  under  separate  cover,  we  intend,  in  the  near  future,  sending 
you  a  list  of  records,  subscribed  by  our  members,  which  were  listed 
on  the  iilaclc  Wax  Amberol,  the  reappearance  of  the  same  records  on  the 
ilue  Amberol  would  be  most  heartily  welcomed  by  most  monograph 
enthusiasts. 

1  also  enclose  a  copy  of  the  Bhort  address 

which  makes  up  the  record  above  mentioned. 

1  am,  hear  sir,  xours  faithfully. 


rercy  Howard. 

Hon  secretary. 


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(i) 

Copy  of  The  heoord  (mention  of  which  has  been  made  herewith.  ) 

ihe  Manchester  jsdison  society. 

11,  rhe  Avenue, 

lower  Broughton, 

Manchester. 

riovember  let.  1915. 

To  Kr.  Thomas  Alva  sdi  son. 

Greeting. 

The  members  of  The  Manchester  adison  Society,  now  gathered  together 
in  monthly  assembly,  desire  in  the  first  place  to  record  their 
deep  appreciation  of  the  many  valuable  services  you  have  rendered 
in  the  cause  of  innocent  pleasure  and  entertainment  by  the  invention 
and  perfection  of  the  phonograph,  and  above  all,  by  the  most  recent 
introduction  of  the  Blue  Amberol  hecord. 

At  the  time  of  the  formation  of  this  society,  some  months  ago,  the 
first  of  its  kind  we  believe  in  this  country  solely  devoted  to  the 
Mdison  cylinder  cause,  we  had  the  pleasure  of  sending  you  a  home  made, 
record  asking  you  to  become  our  patron,  but  wo  learn  the  record 
unfortunately  never  reached  you.  ne  now  beg  once  more  to  make  our 
tequest  and  trust  that  you  will  favour  us  with  your  kind  permission 
to  use  your  honoured  name  in  the  above  connection,  ay  so  doing  you 
will  not  only  give  us  great  pleasure  but  will  also  add,  we  hope,  to 
our  future  usefulness.  Unfortunately  in  these  days  of  strife  and  blood¬ 
shed  when  this  terrible  war  is  making  its  effect  felt  throughout  the 
whole  world  it  is  only  by  making  great  sacrifices  that  our  efforts  to 
ameliorate  the  lot  of  our  wounded  heroes  by  the  innocent  pleasures  of 
the  phonograph  can  be  indulged  in,  and  we  trust  the  iidison  Company 
will  use  their  efforts  to  help  ue  in  our  difficulties  on  this  side 


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R  EDISON  SOcitlt. 

SSSSSSN 


the  sound 


wave.  Pfg  if  f  6] 


.  cnbi* 


& 


(jVERPOOL  AND.  DISTRICT  GRAMOPHONE  ANd\ 
PHONOGRAPH  SOCIETY. 


■ tho  fact  that  no  reports  irovo  "  * 

.....  . iis  niihlientmii.  On  the  contrary,  tla . . 

.  ...is1 

rmgoarod,  ’and  tho  ooncoalod^  ,'*,'!sll,"tJsB1fcSfnl°emu“i  mratinR  was  hohl  at  tho  cad  of 
;  from  tlio  which  tho  opportunity  was  takon  tc  . . 


/'NORTH  LONDON  PHONOGRAPH  AND  GrfAMO-  \ 
V  PHONE  SOCIETY. 

mberols  con  «■  “  Homo  ”  inuchuio  fitted  . 
jymoui'fi  now  wood  tono-urm  ami  horn,  and  using  , 

t:  S& ! 


as  7™  led,  including  0  0  to  Bone,,  »n» 

.  nfppohl,  Wio  Dolna,  »®^HT™|ng  0H- 

‘Breakfast  in  Bed  ”...;vas  pr-ecd  to  bo  a  most 


tho  "  Breakfast  in  Bod  was  pro] 

ileCti  os  It  t  (M  S,  >  >  [  f„  Vho^attncliiuont 

Edison  disc  night  on  tho  Mtl  ,mt  About  a  no  l  lJw 
^12,  Torriuno  Avenue, 


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the  sound  wave. 


F£B< 


which ' J"ll,o  StVrt  <5  8™Bchoicost  roooris 
chnrncter,  in»™«cH  ns  . 

I'S'-O 

i  i" 1 '■> j tJm * li S* >  8 yvpt  u 1 1 

*  Tho  return mooting  Dli’on  Soriety  was 

K'w«  «cE  •<>  T 

tCM^rran^gonne^P}^"1  “‘.a  J'cali  ant"*™  - 

®SJ^3B®i ESf 

banco, ”  Hoffman  String  QUJJJ°  i  thanks  accorded  to  Mr. 

“  - r  **"  Ed’“"  Koy'pS.oSwr»V  SncWtf'J^ 


isKfflifiwsais*, 

ng  llovo'Tnpn  ”  (f«*  trot>'  j’.^H^n,  Hon.  Secretary.  J 


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THE  SOUND  WAVE.  &  i  f  h  ^ 


j  talking 


MACHINE  SOCIETIES 
MEETINGS. 


^'.1 

|  Vnovmc  horn  in  tho  cabinet  was  condemned  to  be  vei 
its  ofVpicc 


hicor  across  the  record,  as  by  a  fowl.  Mr. 
r*tlv  shown  that  no  such  feed  donee  was  m . ....  , 

•  -----  in  tho  cabinet,  providing  tho  opportunity 
move  laterally,  had  tho  effect  of  causing 
i  bo  reverborated,  giving  a  distinctly  hollow  t< 
-  of  tho  records.  lho  ’  .  **  w”°  ”"m 


I"  ,,f  tho  records.  The  horn  capacity  itself  was  puerile, 
-i  was  about  thoaamo  ns  tliatof  those  littlo  motal  trumpets 
it  out frith  cylinder  machines  many  years  ago.  He  noticed 
it  while  the" reproduction  on  tho  Seymour  machine  had 
niter  clarity  and  volume,  the  surface  noises  from  the  rfwmj 
vo  at  least  50  per  cent,  less  on  the  Seymour  umn  o 


wmo  At  least  50  per  cent,  less  on  the  Seymour  iirnu  on 
Kdison,  which  was  curious.  Mr.  Webb  pointed  out  that  ubde 
*  born  mouth  was  small  in  the  Kdison  machine,  .  the  div 
.©  were  measured  from  tho  reproducer,  through  the  tono- 
and  to  tho  mouth  of  tho  horn,  it  would  approximate  J) 
ics  but  it  was  trim  that  there  was  length  without  cones* 
tiding  breadth.  Mr.  Cottcll  thought  it  would  Jo  wort  ‘ 

Amberols  obtainable  from  which  specially  good 

might  lm  eolcctcd.  But,  personally,  ho  Raid  ho  had  got  j»th 

demonstration  by  Mr.  Seymour  of  Bluo  Amberols  was  100 
nor  cent  bettor  than  tho  reproduction  of  the  fed  ison  discs 
on  tho  Edison  machine.  Mr.  .T.  Berry  said  ‘occmldcndor^ 
ovory  word  tho  chairman  had  said,  and  bo  had  both 
cylinders  and  discs.  Mr.  J.  Mncey  said  that  after  boxing 
hoard  both  machines  sido  by  sido,  and  exactly  undor  nil  the 

splendidly  mndc,  but  fl.o  tono  w».  throttled,  or  clinked-  He  \ 
tliouolit  tbo  reproducer  wns  Rood,  ncid  tlmt  if  tho  born  rvero 
revorjod  it  would  be  perfect.  Mr.  tfffiudrf1  tmd  Ibero  «ns 
vorv  littlo  mirfnco  none  emitted  on  tbo  Sertnour  mnclnno, 
wliilo  it  wns  vorv  pronounced  indeed  on  tlio  lvdinon  nin- 
ciiine  Mr.  Plondorloith  moved  it  licnrty  voto  of  llianlm  to 
■\tr  Webb  for  courteously  affording  tbo  society  tins  nniqtio 
pjiortunitv  of  settling  certain  dobntnbto  issuos  and  for Jjoin- 
*1  fmin  Sjutroy  to  oporato  tbo  machino.  Hie  chairman  see* 
mlcdTond  tho  vote  won  cnrrictl  with  tbo  Rrcntest  nnnnimity. 

,n  expression  of  sympathy  with  Mr.  Ilnnd  in  lot  illness  wns  . 
Iso  Riven,  wiion  tbo  procoetiinRS  closed.  S 

B  ’  J.  Bahnes,  Hon.  Seorotni^r 


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EDIS0N1ANS  1 

Enlist  in  the  ranks  of  the 
Manchester  Edison  Society 

There  you  can  hear  all  the  Latest 
Records. 

There  learn  all  you  wish  to  know 
about  the  Phonograph. 

There  you  will  always  find  something 
to  interest  an  Edison  enthusiast. 

There  enhance  your  enjoyment  of 
this  wonderful  production. 

There  you  meet  other  Edisonians 
and  interchange  your  views  and 
Records. 

There  you  can  hear  the  latest  Home 
Recording. 

There  you  can  have  your  voioe 
Phonophied,  and  then  make 
Records  at  Home. 

MEETINGS.— First  Monday  in  every  month  at 

11,  The  AVENUE,  LOWER  BROUGHTON  ROAD, 

Roaohed  by  Cromwell  cridso^nny^ar  from  Deansgato  under 


GENERAL  ELECTRIC  COMPANY 


\5nSt</  Cvs.«^  a  ^6*'^ 

^UjMLe-v  Let  ^B4.i9  (Lc  ii-tj,.-'  j 

^iso,n’  4-1  4  Z  ,  TU  /O ooc  u*  M 

•«  0KS(W 

i  have  understood ,,  in  a^r^n^bo u£  ^wsy' ,  that 
•s  weregoj^ider ing  th|  design  a^new  motor  foij^ 
musical  phonograph,  an-d  tha  t  it  also  ,m|ght  bp 


producing  a  line  of  motors  possessing  the  characteristics 
which  i  believe  you  required.  developments  have  been  very 
favorable,  and  if  you  are  interested,  and  would  he  willing 
to  entertain  a  proposition  for  buying  your  motors  from  the 
General  iiieetric  Co.,  i  would  like  very  much  the  oppor¬ 
tunity  of  ascertaining  your  requirements  in  deta  il  and  also 
would  like  to  submit  for  your  examination  and  test  samples 
of  the  motors  which  we  have  already  developed,  and  which 


March  20,  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

X  find  upon  investigation  that  Mr.  Goodwin  is  not 
handling  the  Shelton  motor,  nor  any  electric  motor.  It  appears 
that  he  bought  an  electric  motor  for  Fred  Babson,  which  the 
latter  is  using  experimentally  at  his  home,  and  that  he  took 
Billy  Bee  over  to  the  Commonwealth  Edison  Company's  office 
where  Mr.  Bee  bought  a  couple  of  motors  -  one  for  Mr.  Ford 
and  one  to  bring  here  to  the  laboratory. 

It  appears  from  Mr.  Goodwin's  letter  that  he  has 


never  had  any  confidence  in  the 
of  handling  it. 

WM-AH 


T/ith  kindest  regards ,  I 


I  rocoived  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  -3rd  ultimo  in 
regard  to  a  form  of  motor  which  con  bo  relied  upon  to  drive  a 
phonograph  for  a  very  considerable  length  of  time  without  chang¬ 
ing  its  spoed  characteristics .  I  sent  your  letter  down  to  Mr. 
Edison,  v.ho  hud  left  for  Ilorida  two  or  three  days  before  your 
letter  came. 

I  have  just  received  a  memorandum  from  him  asking  me  to 
hold  this  until  his  return.  Evidently  he  is  interested. 

iio  date  has  yet  been  fixed  for  his  return,  but  I  shall 
keep  the  letter  .nd  bring  the  matter  to  hie  attention  again  v.hen 
he  comes  back-  If  you  do  not  hear  from  me  by  about  the  tnnth 
of  May,  you  mipht  have  your  Eocretury  drop  me  a  lino  of  reminder. 


with  kindest  regards,  I  remain, 
Yours  very  truly. 


Instructor  in  Physiology  and 
Physical  Diagnosis. 


100  W.  Gorges  Street,  GermAntown,  Philadelphia ,  Pa., 


which  I  think  would  be  a  good  one  to  ad:l  to  the  "Edison  Diamond  Point  Phonograph.' 

An  attachment  to  indicate  when  to  y;ind  and  ■••hen  to  cease  winding^  motor.  I  feel 
that  this  could  be  attached  to  spring  in  ouch  a  way  that  an  indicator  would  show 


I  think  motors  are  nbu3ed  with  too  frequent  winding  and  too  severe  a  finish 


which  of  course  shortens  the  life  of  springs  I  write  you  this  not  only  because  of 
ray  admiration  of  the  "Edison  Diamond  Point  Phonograph"  but  also  because  of  my 
very  great  admiration  oT  your  vast  hcheavments.  Trusting  you  will  excuse  this 
intrusion  on  your  busy  life  I  beg  to  remain, 

Very  truly  yours. 


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Mr.  Constah^ 

Lith  I  hana  you  letter  from  Mr.  John 
S.  Michen/r ,  suggesting  a  binding  indicator  for  the 
Diamond  Disc  Machine •  Please  note  Mr.  Edison's 
memorandum  on  some .  to  you. 

.  MEADOW CROET^ 


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April  6th.  1916. 


Hr.  J.  S.  Hichener, 

100  W.  GorpaB  Street, 

Germantown ,  rhila . , 

Pennsylvania . 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  25th  ultimo  was  re¬ 
ceived  and  sent  down  to  Ur.  Edison,  who  is  spend¬ 
ing  a  few  weeks  in  Florida,  whore  he  has  gone  for 
rest  ana  change. 

He  has  returned  the  letter  to  me  this 
morning,  requesting  me  to  thank  you  in  hiB  name 
for  your  suggestion,  and  to  say  that  last  Sail  we 
completed  in  our  laboratory  the  plans  for  such  a 
device  ana  we  are  now  experimenting  to  find  the  most 
suitable  means  of  attaching  the  same  so  as  to  make 
it  commercially  practicable. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


Mr.  Thomas  A 


Orange , 


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My  dear  Sir;-  X7  tf-u 

Under  date  of  Setfteniber  1,  1915  Jou  wrote 
mv  friend,  Mr.  Clinton  C.  'Vhite  of  the  ruritan  ILife  Insur¬ 
ance  Corarany,  this  city,  that  you  were  unable  to  find  any 
materiel' which  would  make  a  paper  label  adhere  to  the  Edison 
records,  tiy  experience  with  the  labels  supplied  by  the  Poo'ley 
Cabinet  Company,  who  have  fitted  up  one  of  their  cabinets 
for  my'  Edison  records,  was  entirely  unsatisafctory .  I  hawe 
since  found  something  in  my  own  office,  however,  which  gives, 
for  the  present  at  least,  satisfactory  results. 

It  occurred  to  me  that  perhaps  this  preparation 
would  be  of  value  to  you. 

If  vou  have  not  already  found  something  which 
meets  all  requirements  I  shall  be  happy  to  explain  to  you  just 
what  I  am  using. 

You  may  be  pleased  to  know  that  my  patients, 

Mr.  ixvtee  ”'ilcox  and  his  grand-son  Mr.  Duteo  ’"ilcox  Flint, 
who  accompanied  you  in  the  Ford  party  to  the  "'est  coast  last 
fall  have  often  referred  to  the  pleasant  hours  spent  in  j"'”*’ 
company. 


Sincerely  yours, 


Mi  ■***  a 


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i.!r.  ii.  C.  Peterke, 

Fairfield,  Iowa. 

Dear  Sir: 

your  favor  of  the  3dth  ultimo  has  been  received. 

Mr.  Edison  it  in  Florida,  v.here  he  has  pone  to  spend  a  few 
weeks,  and  this  matter  will  have  to  remain  in  abeyance  until 
his  return,  as  he  wishes  to  be  as  free  as  possible  from  all 
business  matters  during  his  much  needed  vacation. 

V.e  are  inclined  to  think  that  he  will  scarcely  wish 
to  incraee  his  offer  for  the  old  type  phonograph  which  you 
have.  IVe  uiready  have  several  of  these  old  typo  machines  on 
hand,  and,  as  a  matter  of  fact,  he  was  not  especially  keen 
to  acquire  any  more. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 


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April  3rd.  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

Referring  to  the  attached  reports  of  Moore  and 
Ho  ff  man ,  X  handed  your  memorandum  i-o  Moore  this  morning, 
and  ho  thinks  that  possibly  you  may  not  have  quite  under¬ 
stood  the  two  experiments  marked  ;;1  and  £2  on  the  left 
hand  side  of  the  large  sheet. 

In  oach  one  of  thoso  two  experiments  the  resin 
was  made  from  the  double  distilled  Phenol,  but  in  f,-l 
experiment  the  additional  Phenol  which  was  added  in  mak¬ 
ing  the  varnish  was  the  double  distilled,  but  in  the  r/2 
experiment  the  Phenol  that  was  added  in  making  tho  varnish 
was  our  regular  Phenol,  not  double  distilled. 

If  you  will  look  over  the  report  of  the  experi¬ 
ments  again  you  will  see  that  the  large  increase  of  bub'bles 
was  in  experiment  £2,  in  which  regular  Phenol  was  added 
in  making  the  varnish.  This  will  be  quite  clear  to  you 
if  you  look  over  Hoffman's  report  again. 

Moore  has  torn  off  your  memorandum  about  experi¬ 
menting  with  tho  ovens,  and  will  attend  to  it. 

Moore  says  that  on  the  £1412  blanks  ho  has  used 
nothing  but  low  rimmed  plates  from  tho  first,  and  will- 
continue  using  them. 

\\.  H.  MBADOb CROFT. 


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Laboratory  of  Ur  Thomas  A  Edison 
Orange  Ken  Jersey 


y  kind  thought  of  me  in  cor 
o  is  very  much  appreciated. 


I  hope  your  phonograph  laboratory  will 
some  day  try  out  the  experiment  in  rooording  symphony 
orohostra  musio  in  the  manner  suggested  by  mo  on  the 
oooasion  of  the  Illuminuting  Engineering  Sooiety 
Dinner.  You  nay  romoraber  that  the  cchemo  involved 
the  simultaneous,  but’ separate ,  reoording  of  the  four 
groups  of  instruments  employed  by  a  large  orohestra  - 
strings,  woodwind  instruments,  brasses  and  drums, 


Ld  be  aooomplished  by  dividing  the 
•  sections,  eaoh  separated  by  a 


April  11,  1916. 

Messrs.  Moore,  Hird,  Hoffman,  Moss  and  Dinwiddle: 

Referring  to  my  memorandum  of  April  4th,  wherein  you  were 
advised  that  Mr.  C.  B.  Hayes  had  been  appointed  follow-up  man,  please 
note  that  this  memorandum  is  hereby  recalled,  and  instead  of  Mr.  Hayes 
following  up  the  matters  along  the  lineB  mentioned  in  said  memorandum, 
you  will  please  advise  either  Mr.  Charles  Edison  or  myself  of  any 
tools,  machinery,  materials  or  apparatus  of  any  kind  or  nature  that 
you  are  waiting  for  in  order  to  make  satisfactory  progress  tzrrfchb 
in  tho  manufacture  of  Disc  Records  from  the  new  blanks  being  made  under 
instructions  given  by  Mr.  Edison.  Tho  object  in  rouuesting  that  you  give 
Mr.  Charles  Edison  or  myself  this  information  is  that  we  may  bo  in  a 
position  to  assist  you  in  obtaining  any  tools,  machinery,  ifaaterials  or 
apparatus  that  you  may  be  waiting  for  and  perhaps  be  the  means  of  ob¬ 
taining  it  much  quicker  than  you  can. 

CffiV/lTO  C.  H.  W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Charles  Edison,  Hnmbert,  (Moadoworoftl  Luhr,  Waterman, 
Reese,  Emory,  Maxwell,  Baldwin  and  Hayes.  . . . 


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a  .  OregoMoity,  Oregon.  / 

32.  : 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Bear  Sir: 

le  have  in  our  home  one  of ^ the  EdI¥orT  Diamond  Biso  Phonographs ,  the 
$250  model  and  have  had  same  for  approximately  two  years,  and  we  wish  to  say 
that  every  member  of  our  family  feel  that  we  have  never  expended  a  like  amount 
of  money  to  greater  advantage  as  it  is  a  continuous  source':  of  pleasure  to 
ourselves  and  all  of  our  friends. 

There  is  one  feature  of  minor  importance  that  could  be  improved  upon 
I  believe  and  I  will  offer  the  suggestion  for  what  it  iB  worth.  *t  is  this; 

One  sets  the  trigger  to  trip^ontf'of  IThevshorter  reoords  and  forgets  to  adjust 

(  82^0 


.  E.  HEMPSTEAD 


it  for  the  next  which  is  probably  a  longer  record,  the  family  sets  down  to 
the  dinner  table  and  the  machine  is  tripped  before  the  record  is  completed. 

How  it  seems  to  me  that  with  the  genious  manifested  in  your  labratories  that 
this  could  redily  be  remedied  by  simply  placing  a  dial  with  numerals  underneath 
the  trigger  with  a  corresponding .. number  on  each  record,  so  all  that  anyone 
would  have  to  do  to  be  assured  that  the  machine  wuld  not  trip  to  soon  or  run 
to  long  after  the  record  was  completed  would  be  simply  to  look  ath  the  number 
on  the  record  and  adjust  the  trigger  to  the  corresponding  number  on  the  dial. 

Thanking  you  for  the  pleasure  that  me  and  mine  have  had  and  will 
have  out  of  our  Edison  Biamond  Biso,  we  remain, 

Tours  truly, 


Per  M.  E. 


uempBtead  and  family, 


V.  E.  HEMPSTEAD,  M. 


WESTEJIM  UNION 


TELI 


SAM 


Hew  York,  April  26th.  19X6. 


Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison: 


I  have  perfeoted  a  device  enabling  me  to  use  your  phonograph 
in  a  motor  car  on  rough  roads .  '  This  gives  me  three  hour6  Ad¬ 
ditional  work  every  day.  .  I  want  to. show  this  thing  to  you 
and  photograph  you  using  your  phonograph  in  an  automobile. 

Can  you  give  me  half  an  hour  tomorrow?  If  so  what  time.  Please 
wire  $  Evening  Journal. 


April  26th,  1916. 

A.  Brisbane, 

f  Hew  York  Evening  Journal, 

Hew  York  City. 

Yes  if  you  will  come  over  here.  Better  make 
two  o'clock  tomorrow  afternoon.^ 

TgOJA&S'^U  EDI  SOH . 


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'M  "hSY— 


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IZ*fM,pL~4U-<2 

Lut-W—*.  *<~C—  R* 

April  2fi,  ] 

<ji  W-»>tC?^  u>tU 

,  express  my  delict  in  the  ■  excellence  of  the  re- 
'Morning,  Noon  and  Night  Overture,"  as  given  hytT  .«- 
orchestra.  I  had  a  copy  of  the  numher  as  original-  frtU«-jJ 
which,  bo  od  as  it  was,  is  completely  overshadowed  Toy  the  ***■ 

The^e  is  exquisite  subtlety  in  the  phrasing  here-— a 

-  •  •  •  •  - - ' * — I  -e-creations .  ' 

the  thousandth/''”" 

let  me 


&* 


Quality  for  which  I  have  been  watching  in. tha. orchestral 
in  such  a  record,  there  is  new  beauty  in  the  hundredth  o: 
playing.  I  want  more  like  this!  <  _ _ 

^  Not  for  anti-climax,  but  in  the  best  of  temper 
'to  several  records  which  have  given  trouble.  „ 

</0  Frederick  Martin's  sisKing; of  Schubert’s  "Wanderer  S  Althou; 

f  havehad  several  copies  of  this,  record,  all  have  been  d: 
harsh.  "The  Horn,”  on  the  reverse,  is  not  so  had 

i  sqf  I^iave 'had  three  copies.of  the  record  of  Elizabeth  Spencer 

singing  of  the  Jocelyn  Lullaby.  Both  sides  of  tins  record  show  the 
!  same  harsh  quality.  500  7  0  dUO&X 

Tlie  ” Merry  V/ives  of  Windsor  Overture,”  Hungarian  Lustspiei 
Overture,"  Moszlcowski's  "Spanish  Nances  1  and 

Overture,"  (in  the  instrumental  musicO  and  Urlus  . 

and  Middleton's  "Why  No  the  Nations^"  give  the  some  trouble,  showing 


this  develops 


'Hungarian  Lustspioi  _  ,  «• 

"Poet  and  Peasant. —  0  OUV'J 
"Mein  Lieber  Schv/an,  "  / 


a  "degree  of  harshness  which  has  relegated  them  to  the  discard. 

e  j  ..  - ivi.  £o  secure/ copies  of  these  records  w.nch  will 


Is  it  possible 
"go  through"  free  of  blast? 

- - -  One  “other  question:  Several 

"dished" .  This  seems  not  to  affect  1 
does  it  progress? 

Faithfully -yours 


inhere  in  them?" 


Ait  ”PWTW.«i.7rw~f 


gQBMJIA  FOE  7AHHI3H  MAKIBO 


Phenol  Benin  * 
F.  Phenol  ■ 
Paxa  *• 
Sandarao 
Hoi  let. 

De.  Aloo.  1 
Gas  3 lack  * 


1,000  Grams 


2.2026  •/Ibs. 

•  1322  ^ 

■  .0220 // 
.0220 
.me  < 

4.4053 

3.4779/ 


•4,737  Grams.  10.4338  lbs.  -  I  Gal.  Varnish. 


In  Operation,  April  28,  1916* 
Given  by  15r.  Hoffman,  July  I9-I9I6. 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


April  28th ^ 19 1 6 . 


STATEMENT  OF  UIIFILLSD  ORDERS-  FQ11  HR.  EDI  SOW 


Diotating  UaohineB- - — - 360 

Transo  phones - 133 


Total  -  493 


Shaving  Machines -  68 

Besides  these  there  are  Dlotating 
t'aohlnes  and  Transophonee  either  on  hand  at 
destination,  or  about  due  there,  short  the  following 


Foot-trips - - — - -  74 

3nnitubes- - - - 111 


Podeatal  Tops- 


11 


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j  April  20  '  ’^7  ./ 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:  As  a  "consumer"  of  Edison  records  for  many  yeap/ 
perhaps  vou  will  foraive  me  for  malcina  tt  suaaestmon  or  two.  I  have 
the  largest  collection  of  Amber. 1  records  in  the  west,  and  Bet  a  areat 
deal  of  pleasure  and  comfort  fnt*  frofm  them.  But  some  of  my  favorite 

sonas  are  not  amonatx  them.  j 

One  of  the  areatest  sonas  in  the  world  is  "La  Marseillaise,  the 
French  battle  hy£  You  have  made  instrumental  records  of  it,  but 
it  should  be  sun/.  A  sinaer  like  Arthlr  Middleton  would  make,  a  areat 
record  of  it,  and' now  is  the  time  to  *0  it,  when  the  war  increases  our 
admiration  and  sympathy  for  the  French,  ^ea^^his^ord.  It  would 

bC  °  There' are  some  fine  old  hymns,  popular  all  over  the  country, 
that  should  be  recorded:  Some  of  them  are  -lh.t  Shall  the  ■-"«*/ 

:r::: :::  l  i-  *  .«• 

l„  till  .orU.  I«  ‘In  *M  " 

!lB„.  a, : xut  « -.in . « «. 

„t  t.j“:  -  -  -  - — *i™* 

,h.  #t»o,r.,h  fuJ  «  r0,3lbl»  „to  ,.«**.  ..  — 

of  the  above  hymns. 

Sinoerely  Yours, 


Thomas  A.  E(1  is  on-. Go 
Orange . 


-L  uteri*- 

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’••  4"  f'™  . —*!— 


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L  am  also  a  maa^yL,  *?&»  SoS»4 

d„.l...  a  universal  *’  *  “'T  - 

ton.  a;  combinations  of  «*£*» 3.,^^ 
a„„  voices.  1  *.«  arp.rl.S.V'Sm  .l..trl.i«,.  pneematicsjand 

varioua  mechanical  method. 

instrument  la  too  complicated  f "  uJiSSS 5?.'<'A' 

nave  found  in  rs...roi^««."  »•  £-£££  vibration. 

°r  vibrating  mirror, 


as  known  qualities  that  gq.m.to^make^ tone  ^u_|^Vt^ 
piano  .or  crescendo 

tnument-, duration  of  .^rgijl^agent-  as  the  ] 
oH^tioliSlibration  of  volume-  as  the 


of  a  tone  as  indicated  witll 

there  are  other  less  known  qualities  Jjhat^  gq; 

•Among  them 

attack  of  a  wind  inst. 

hammer  of  piano  or  bow  oi«  . ”  ^ 

tremulo  stop  on  an  organ. Vibration  of  pitch-^he  vibrato  or 
shake  of  a  violin,  and  many  others  of  which  l  a  catalog. 

However.  X  am  of  the  opinion  that  aj/autiful  and  very 
saleable  instrument  can  be  developed  by  usin/the  wonderful  Edison 
reproducing  instrument  as  a  starting  point. 

It  is  proposed  to  take  an  Edison  disc  record  and  cut  about 
gixty  concentric  grooves  thereon.  i^Iace  of  the  usual  spiral  record. 
I*  each  of  these  grooves  will  be  recorded  a  tone  of  the  ehromatre 
scale  from  a  beautiful  human  voice-  the  lower  tones  from  a  basso. 

fre.  .  baritone  and  ..  .»  «P  »  «  W  ""“0-  •“h 

groove ,  there  mill  b.  a  sapphire  reproducing  al.m.nt  aotnated  b,  an 


2 


‘SE^nagnet  or  other  mechanical  means,  and  each  diaphragm  will  bo 
connected  to  a  common  horn  by  a  suitable  tube.  The  control  of  the 
elements  would  lead  to  a  keyboard  or  console  like  an  organ.  The  cost 
would  compare  with  that  of  a  good  organ  for  home  use,  or  a  piano. 


The  result  would  be  an  instrument  similar  to  a  piano  or 
organ  which  responded  to  the  keyboard  in  terms  of  the  human  voice.  It 
would  be  lovely  beyond  discretion,  and  the  chords,  scales  and  com¬ 
binations  possible  would  surpass  in  appeal  any  instrument  now  in  use. 

lie  chan  i  cal  stops  con  be  devised  to  provide  mechanically 
periodic  vibrato  or  throb  of  volume,  which  is  the  appeal  of  tone- 
the  vibrato  of  pitch,  which  gives  sensuousness-  and  beat  can  be 
introduced  by  a  refinment  of  the  orginal  record  in  which  each  voice 
is  recorded  twice  af slightly  different  speeds  which  would  intensify 
richness  and  timbre  by  the  very  slight  discord  introduced,  which 
causes  seats  or  throbs.  This  would  provide  three  of  the  periodic 
qualities  of  beautiful  tone;  hut  there  are  many  more.  The  boauty 
duo  to  over  and  under  tones  would  be  in  the  voice  itself  as  recorded. 


A  more  complicated  and  higher  priced  instrument  could  be 
made  up  of  a  plurality  of  discs  governed  by  stops  like  an  organ. 

These  could  include  violin  tones,  piano  tones,  bells,  birds,  and 
many  other  tones  not  ordinarily  possible  in  the  pipe  organ  or 
orchestra,  in  addition,  all  usual  instruments  could  be  duplicated. 
Any  home  could  have  all  the  beauties  and  pleasures  of  a  full  pipe 
organ  without  the  expense. 

1  am  sure  that  there  would  oe  a  large  sale  for  the  single 
disc  instrument  simply  as  a  solo  instrument,  and  any  number  of  discs 
could  be  applied  to  it.  uuets  could  bo  played  on  two  intruments,  or 
it  could  be  played  with  a  piano.  Such  an  instrument  would  have  all 
of  the  dramatic  appeal  of  a  beautiful  singing  voice  or  chorus  of 


voices  entirely  under  tlie  control  of  the  player.  Growing  humanity 
and  struggling  civilization  constantly  yearns  for  now  channels  of 
expression.  lio  amount  of  listening  to  artists  satisfies  the  human 
longing  to  express  one's  self,  in  fact,  the  only  reason  that  we 
appreciate  art  is  because  it  expresses  things  which  we  know  but  cannot 
express  ourselves. 

7/itb  such  an  intrument,  every  one  would  have  a  lovely 
singing  voice  to  sing  their  own  songs  in  their  own  way. 

Basic  tones  can  be  found  everywhere.  The  distant  cheers 
of  a  great  crowd,  the  song  of  a  bird,  the  roll  of  thunder,  the  crack 
of  a  fire  arm  can  be  "photographed"  or  recorded,  then  in  the  lab¬ 
oratory  this  tone  can  be  developed  into  a  chromatic  scale,  recorded 
on  the  concentric  record  disc  and  played  as  a  new  tone.  The  chord  of 
a  great  orchestra  can  serve  on  a  record  as  the  basic  note  of  a  scale 
etc.  ad  infinitum. 

1  solicit  an  offer  to  join  your  technical  staff  for  the 
purpose  of  developing  this  invention.  1  propose  to  obtain  a  leave 
of  absence  from  my  employers  covering  a  period  of  probation  with  you. 

1  am  familiar  with  the  theory  of  sound  and  music  and  with 
most  of  the  research  in  the  subjects.  1  have  personally  gone  further 
in  the  subject  than  any  work  that  i  have  been  able  to  find;  Mth  the 
possible  exception  of  Uemholtz;  and  with  the  further  exception  of 
unpublished  results  with  apparatus  which  J.  am  not  able  to  afford,  as 
this  has  been  a  labor  of  love  in  my  private  laboratory. 

1  am  an  American,  born  in  California,  educated  in  Germany 
and  California,  and  have  traveled  all  over  the  world,  i  am  thirty 
seven  years  old  and  married,  tty  principal  employment  since  leaving 
the  university  has  been  seven  years  with  the  union  Iron  Works  and 


eight  years  with  the  Standard  Oil  Company. 

I  would  want  53600.00  a  year  and  traveling  exponsos  from 
San  francisco.  If  you  are  sufficiently  interested  to  pay  my  expenses 
both  ways,  1  v/ill  come  East  and  discuss  the  matter,  1  will  assist 
you  in  any  way  to  make  an  investigation,  and  would  be  pleased  to 
have  your  representative  call  on  me  at  the  standard  uil  Company,  SOO 
hush  Street,  San  tfrancisco.  r  will  be  pleased  to  refer  you  to  local 
Standard  uil  Officials.  Mr.  Walter  n.  McGee,  President  of  the 
Vacuum  Oil  Company,  61  .Broadway,  Hew  iork  City  knows  mo  slightly;  but 
1  have  not  his  permission  to  make  a  reference,  x  can  say  the  same 
of  jar.  Hobinson,  chief  chemist  of  the  Standard  uil  Company  at  How 
iork.  Mr.  H.K. Brown,  editor  of  international  Marine  Engineering,  17 
Battery  place  has  published  a  good  deal  of  my  material  during  the 
last  ten  years,  and  is  publishing  a  serial  by  me  now. 

iay  only  reason  for  making  this  solicitation  is  because  of 
the  pleasure  that  i  would  take  in  the  development  of  such  an  instru¬ 
ment,  because  of  what  it  would  mean  to  the  public  and  to  the  manu¬ 
facturer. 


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Orange ,  3. J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meedowcroft : 


In  Reply  Hefcr  to  Bolder  23647 


I  have  your  favor  of  the  2d. 


doubt  not  the  great  ability  and  resourcefulness  of  the 
Edison  organization,  and  naturally  I  take  it  for  granted 
that  the  problem  of  making  a  satisfactory  photograph 
motor  must  be  a  very  difficult  one  or  you  would  have  solved 
it.  nevertheless,  we  have  a  motor  that  has  given  an 
excellent  account  of  itself,  and  I  want  to  bring  a  sample 
down  and  show  it  to  Mr.  Edison.  Presuming  on  his  good 
nature  and  the  consideration  he  has  always  shown  for  any 
suggestions  we  have  wanted  to  volunteer,  I  shall  arrange 
to  call  on  him  with  a  sample  motor  of  the  type  referred 
to  at  no  distant  date.  I  would  like  to  have  him  put 
in'  our  machine  and  try  it.  It  won't  cost  himanything 
and  he  may  find  something  in  it  that  his  own  Engineers 
Uave  not  previously  discovered.  However  .  as  long  as 
we  have  the  motor  developed,  I  am  sure  he  will  be  willing 
at  least  to  look  it  over. 

Yours  very  truly J*  / 

small  motor  lepammhht. 


pmx.meh 


May  16  th.  1916. 


Mr.  Edison;- 


What  would  you  charge  for  this  combination. , 


4563-  Praise  Ye-Grand  Trio  (Attila)Rappold-.Torn-Middleton. 
4202-  Home  to  our  Mountains  (Trovatore)Heinrich  &  Middleton. 

As  both  numbers  are  sung  in  English,  we  dcrnolT" 
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The -'writer  has  been  engaged  I  nV 

for  a  number  of  years  in  different  engineering  da-  , 

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partments  of  the  various  Edison  organizations  and  fw 

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terest  to  him, and  would  consider  it  s 
privelege  should  my  letter  and  sketch 
his  attention. 


is  at  the  present  time  travel ing'ftftfe  interests  ^ 

of  the  Edison  Company.  3 1  ^ J^jf 

i„  **#<*•  1  **"  ,hl*  4ay'*^d^ «u.  dU  LoG^T 

nflntLt'i  liberty  of  writing  Mr.Sdison  upon  a  subject  of  .in-7  M 

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h  oe  brought  to  ) 

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It  is  with  a  hope^h^s^me^^t  i  6ii^  ^ 

may  contain  some  value  in  our  work  that  I  ^skithia,. 

u-CCCwi  A  rtEfcU* 

fully  appreciating  the  demands  unon  his  time.  i 

Thanking  you,  I  am, 

Very^truly  yoursV"’"' 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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#513  Wood  Et ; 


Pittsburgh, Pa. 
May  16th. 16 


Mr .Thos.A.Edison, 
Orange ,H.J. 


Dear  Sir: 

The  writer  .who  has  been  employed  through  various 
Edison  enterprises  for  a  number  of  years  in  an  engineering  capacity, is  at 
the  present  time  acting  as  a  supervisor  of  a  crew  of  your  demonstrators  of 
the  ohonograph. 

It  is  natural  that  my  entire  interest  is  now  cen¬ 
tered  about  the  advancement  of  our  Diamond-disc- product  .which  accounts  for 
tliQ  liberty  I  take  in  writing  you  and  submitting  a -sketch,  of  an  idea  mica 
baa  taken  my  thought  for  the  past  few  months , aside  from  my  duties  as  a  dera- 

u.-U”,  i  -i  i- .  To  is  understood  that  I  appreciate  my 

limitations  for  experiment , but  some  study  has  led  to  the  following  conclu¬ 
sions, which  I  enclose  herewith  in  an  effort  toward  the  ends  for  which  we 

dl_  The  following  apparent  "statement $Uhould  he  un- 

derstood.each  rather  as  inquiries  than  otherwise {realizing* that  extensive 
and  practical  experiment  has  been  carried  out  in  connection  with  this  sub¬ 
ject*.. 


0 000000 ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 


Under  the  mentioned  conditions  which  limit  experiment  ,it  is  sup¬ 
posed  that  "surface  sound"as  is  transmitted  through  a  phonograph  horn  ,is 
produced  or  caused  by  the  friction  from  the  Diamond-point  in  eoii.as-,  with 

imperfect  surface  material.  .  ...  . _ 

1  I  find  no  substance — even  the  use  of  polished  glass - which 

when  rotated  beneath  a  Reproducer  stylus .does  not  accentuate  the  noise  pro¬ 
duced  by  dry  friction  against  this  point.  ,  , 

I  am  led  to  believe  that  this  sound .while  in  itself  a  series  of 
vibrations, is  a  seperate  and  distinct  act  ion-  -  -agar V  f r  pja  themus  1c  a  1  » 

For  means  of  cheap (experiment  only), I  have  considered  the  use  of 
our  standard  Reproducer  with  the  Float  weight  removed  „o  admit  of  attaching 
a  metal  Bearing -Bracket (as  shown)to  be  insulated  from  reproducer  shell  by 
means  of  soft  rubber, as  per  sketch.  _  .  ^ 

Two  "arms"  retaining  inner  and  outer  it  ing -magnets --as  shown--num- 
hering  two  or  more  as  conditions  require.  .  .  ... 

^  The  idea  is;to  break  connection  between  Diamond-point  and  the  Dia- 
phram  of  Reproducer  and  in  this  way  prevent  the  transmitting  of  this  sound 
which  is  not  a  distinct  vibration,or  wave, and  still  retain  the  motion  m* 
of  the  musical  wave  which  is  actual  and  more  positive  in  motion. 

It  will  be  noted  that  the  "arras"  holding  the  magnets  are  designed 
so  as  first ;to  accentuate  the  movement  of  the  diamond-point  by  increasing  it 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


#  3 


you, I  am, 


Very  respectfully, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


VINCENT  E.  FURNAS 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


«r.  Vincent  E.  Furnas, 
#623  Fifth  Street, 
Louisville,  Kentucky. 


May  23,1916 


Dear  Sir 

Xla  acknowledge  receipt  of  your 
■Po^n-r  nf  the  17th  ins  t&nt ,  for  which  please  accept 
our  thahke.  V.'o  shall  hand  to  our  Engineering  Dept 
the  sketch  ana  description  of  the  device  you  have 
designed. 


Yours  very  truly, 

THOMAS  A.  EDI  SOI! ,  IHCOr.POHATED  , 
Musical  ihono graph  Division, 


SALKS  MABAGER. 


AUO. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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?  crear_Mr.  Meadoweroft: 

I  thank  you  very  much  fof^Jfc^e'tTer  about^ne^paper  incident . 
I  was  so  pleased  to  know  dear  Mr.  Edison  didfnot_know  of  it.  Tell 
him  not  to  bother  about  it,  for  I  only  care 'pr'^'His  opinion  not 
anyone  else's!  ^ 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcrof j-j/you  seem 
terpreter  towards  Mr.  Eg^s'""  1'"+ 

jiresome  letter  I  will,*"v< 
communicate  this  mat±!p  . 

I  expeot  to  be  abiije®  to  cross  j^ve 

reasons,  we - -  * 

or  November 


Before  I  leave  I  shall  htS^e«,made 
and  the  only  thing  I  wisMteb  know 
me  again  make  another  contract 
told  very  probably  he  would  r'",( 


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when  after  the  Herald  display).  J  J8  j  v/ 

When  I  accepted  last  year,  this  one  yearWtt'V  confect, \  dad 
mind  Hr.  Fuller's  concerts  proposition  (big  contract)  ..hioh  J?*ve 

amounted  to  nearly  ten  or  fifteen  thousand  dollars  for  20  weeks  tour  - 
the  whole  thing  was  reduced  to  one  week's  engagement  far  in  the  West 

opinion" .v  I  remember  very  well  in  Kansas  City  -  in  the  middle  of 
tnnfi  test  I  had  to  sing  in  full  voice,  because  the  public  began  to 
laugh  on  account  of  a  terrific  noise  over  our  heads,  of  a  great  masonic 
meeting  and  hall!  and  I  saved  the  whole  situation  in  singing  really, 
the  people  stopped  lauhing. 

You  have  been  able  to  judge  about  my  tone  test  worth  in  Ora^e,  and 
later,  in  Hew  York  at  the  Waldorf  when  everyone  waP  1 

Bv  the  way,  I  wish  you  would  tell  to  Mr.  Edison,  that  I  “av0  “ever 
been  paid  one  cent  by  the  Babson  people  (Edison  Shop)  and  I  went  into 
expenses  of  a  |300.  gown.  They  had  promised  two  big  adds  in  the  limes 
and'  they  put  only  one. 

I  was  promised  the  tour  in  California,  which  a  ™£®  he^voice 

the  Metropolitan  is  doing  now,  though  her  recordB  are  like  her  voi  , 
rather  "vibrate"  or  tremolo  (unsteady).  Anyhow  X  did  not  "think  her 
records  any  better  than  mine,  and  as  for  giving  too,  much  \oice  wi 
the  machine,  she  certainly  keeps  this  record. 

Well  that  is  all  over  now,  and  I  do  not  think  of  it  anymore.  I  must 
Some  TcTa  more  important  question,  which  is  this : 


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I  ha^e  teen  approached  by  some  other  company  to  make  a  three  years' 
contract  with  royalties  and  a  great  personal  advertisement.  They  have 
asked  me  to  statdmy  terms  which  I  gave  them,  with  the  understanding 
that  1  could  not  begin  unless  being  released  by  Mr.  Edison.  X  do  not 
know  if  that  company  will  be  willing  to  give  me  what  I  asked.  You 
know  between  what  you  ask  and  what  you  get,  there  is  sometimes  some 
difference . 

X  thought  it  was  nicer  of  me  to  let  Mr.  Edison  know  about  this  in 
case  be  should  like  to  keep  me  "or  not"  as  his  "exclusive"  artist. 

He  might  have  probably  the  kindness  to  let  me  know  also  his  inten¬ 
tions  concerning  me. 

This  is  what  I  asked  from  the  other  company. 

let  year  -  twenty  records  at  §500.  each 
2nd  "  -  "  "  "  $500.  " 

(with  the  faculty  to  be  able  to  make  the  two  years'  work  in  one  in  case 
I  waht  to  return  to  Europe  for  one  year)  and  3rd  year  -  20  records  at 
$700  •  each. 

Ab  soon  as  I  shall  get  their  figures,  I  shall  let  you  know  officially. 

My  whole  heart  and  desire  are  to  remain  with  Mr.  Edison  and  never  to 
leave  him  because  there  is  only  one  "Thomas  Edison"  in  the  World  and 
mother  and  myself  think  he  is  a  God! 

7,e  afQ  convinced  he  is  ignorant  of  all  these  little  tricks  and  dis¬ 
appointments  I  went  through  in  his  Company  this  year. 

You  see,  I  wish  to  settle  this  question  before  my  departure  to  Europe, 
bo  when  I  return  here  in  October,  I  can  go  right  straight  to  7/ork. 

„ith  my  apologies  for  such  s|long  -  long  fastidious  letter  and  my  ex¬ 
cuses  to  Mr.  Edison  for  bothering  him,  I  remain, 

Most  Cordially  yours, 

(signed)  Alice  Verlet. 


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ALICE  VERLET 


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c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison  Company,  Xno.,rV^o- 

Orange,  N.  J.}  |oWI  <Ra.«* crcCw. ee*  **tia 

Bear  Sir:-  »CWS*  **  * 

I  know  you  are  a  very  hust-'-manL  ^hgtl  gg 
to  ask  for  a  moment  of  your  valuable  time.  It  is  with  I 
reference  to  the  purchase  of  one  of  your  $250.  Diamond  A..<ra,vl 
Disc  Musical  Instruments,  whiqlj^^ii^aa^i^  ' 

purchased  through  one  of  your  representatives  in  this  City. 

My  object  in  writing  is  to  ask  when  the  order  is  received 
by  you,  if  you  will  before  shipping,  kindly  give  instruc- 
tions  that  a  special  inspection  be  made  of  it,  including  \ 

particularly  the  diamond  point^jand  tbj^.  'Vviet-fcc. 

There  is  considerable\rivalr^  here  in  musical 
instruments  and  as  in  my  opinion  the  "Edison"  is  the  only 
one,  I  would  like  one  which  would  withstand  all  comparison. 

I  was  prevailed  upon  sometime  ago  to  get  a  vietrola,  but 
when  i  learned  you  were  at  work  upon  a  "Musical  instrument", 

1  decided  to  wait,  end  have  not  only  felt  repaid  for  so 
doing,  but  would  not  care  for  the  Vietrola  at  any  price... 

1  persuaded  one  brother  to  give  up  an  expensive  Vietrola 

for  an  "Edison" ,  and  I  think  before  loi5  a9other  onp  5W..^ 

a„  ».»  tun,.  H-g TL  dr 

Every  one  of  the  haLS  homes  iTt|4  sufur^an  UT^Sl 
section  where  I  live,  University  Parkway,  should  have  an 
"Edison"  and  I  love  music  to  the  extent  of  helping  to  pu 
them  there,  provided  I  have  an  instrument  which  will  aid  £ 

me  in  doing  so.  V/ill  it  not  be  better  after  inspection _ / 

etc.  to  ship  the  machine  "set  up",  so  it  will  be  in  tac*^ 
just  as  it  was  when  passed  upon? 


Yours  truly  ' 


SMITHSONIAN  INSTITUTION 
UNITED  STATES  NATIONAL  MUSEUM 

May  25,  1916. 


Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your 
letter  of  May  20  and  would  assure  you  of  my  grati¬ 
fication  at  learning  that  you  are  in  a  position 
to  furnish  the  National  Museum  with  one  of  the 
larger  type  Edison  tin  foil  phonographs.  Such  a 
specimen  is  still  very  much  desired  for  our  col¬ 
lection  of  talking  machines  and  I  shall  be  very 
glad  to  have  you  forward  it  at  your  convenience 
by  express,  at  the  Museum's  expense.  It  should 
be  addressed  simply  "XI.  S.  National  Museum,  Wash¬ 
ington,  D.  C." 

Assuring  you  of  my  appreciation  of  your 
interest  in  securing  this  machine,  I  am 
Verv  truly  yours , - - 

C-  5.C  —  ' 

Assistant  Secretary 

in  charge  of  National  Museum. 


^»DGE  Egf* 


To  The  Southern  Seas. 


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Mr.  Miller: 

Confirming  onr  conversation,  aB  I  understand  it, 
henceforth  when  an  artist's  trial  makes  a  favorable  impression 
on  you,  you  will  learn  whether  the  artiBt  is  willing  to  he 
ooaohed  in  record  making  here  at  the  Orange  laboratory,  with 
the  understanding  that  no  compensation  ia  to  be  paid  to  the 
artist  for  the  time  occupied  by  the  ooaohlng  process.  In 
talking  with  the  artist  I  understand  it  is  your  idea  to  tiring 
up  thequestion  of  tone  test  work,  naming  $100  per  week  and 
railroad  fare  as  the  compensation  usually  paid  to  an  artist 
when  on  tour  in  tone  test  reoitals. 

If  an  artist  is  willing  to  go  out  on  tone  test 
tour  in  case  his  or  her  reoords  are  acceptable  to  Mr.  E^on, 
you  will  send  an  explanatory  memorandum  to  Mr.  Hayes  -  with 
a  carbon  to  myself  -  so  that  Mr.  Edison's  speoialattention 
can  be  dlreoted  to  the  trials  of  artists  who  wouldbeava liable 
for  tone  test  work  in  case  their  reoords  were  satisfactory. 

If  an  artist's  trial  indioateB  to  Mr.  Edison 
that  the  artist  can  be  developed  to  a  satisfactory 
a  reasonable  amount  of  coaching,  I  understand  thattwoweeks 
after  he  gets  in  the  new  Recording  laboratory  he  will  be  in 
i  position  to  have VtHB\coaohing  done. 

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WM-AH 


0.  C.  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Fuller, 
Boykin,  Hayes  and  Dawson. 


GENERAL  ELECTRIC  COMPANY 
West  Lynn,  Mass. 


Hr.  W.  H.  Kea 
c/o  Thomas  A. 
Orange,  II. 3. 


r  Hr.  Meadowcroft: 


Mey  19,  1916. 


1  have  your  favor  of  the  23d  i 


I  have  Dean  in  touch  with  Hr.  Wood,  and  whether  we  are 
to  interest  Mr.  Edison  commercially  in  our  phohograph 


latest  production  t 


B  very  anxious  that  he  si 
as  an  operating  exhibit. 


3  features  that  I  know  will  appeal 


iw,  I  wish  to  ask  that  you  kindly  send,  < 


collect,  marked  fo: 


.  J.  J.  Wood, 

WORT  V/AY1IE  ELECTRIC  WORKS, 
GENERAL  ELECTRIC  CO. 

Port  Wayne,  Ind . , 


one  of  your  instruments  (an  old  one  or  a  second-hand  one 
will  do'  all  right  so  long  as  it  1b  in  good  operative  con¬ 
dition)  on  which  we  will  mount  the  motor  referred  to  and 
then  return  the  whole  (thing  to  Orange. 

Subsequently ,  and  when  the  shipment  has  had  time 
to  reach  you,  Mr.  Wood  and  I  will  do  ourselves  the  pleasure 
of  coming  down  for  a  personal  interview  with  Mr.  Edison. 


GENERAL  ELECTRIC  COMPANY 
Y/.H.Meadowcroft  5-29-16 


I  feel  quite  cohfiaent  that  irrespective  of  whether 
we  can  interest  Hr.  Edison  commercially  in  this  motor,  we 
can  extract  a  very  hrosa  smile  of  satisfaction  whenhe 
puts  it  through  its  "stunts". 

It  is  neeaiess  for  me  to  say  that  we  will  pay  all 
the  transportation  charges,  ana  nothing  in  the  proposition 
either  ddrectly  or  inairectly  will  he  considered  os  putting 
Hr.  Eaison  unaer  any  obligations  to  us  whatever. 

With  very  tin!  regards,  ana  hoping  for  a  speeay 


ana  favorable 


PMX. MEH 


reply.  I  am 
Yours  very  truly, 


P.5.  The  reason  I  am  asking  you  to  send  the  com¬ 
plete  instrument  with  cabinet,  etc.  1:o  our  j-actory  is 
that  it  may  take  a  little  time  to  put  the  motor  on,  al¬ 
though  I  will  engage  that  we  will  not  in  any  way  asmage 
v our  outfit.  It  will  bo  more  convenient  to  put  it  on 
8t  the  factory,  test  it  and  be  sure  that  everything  is 
all  right  than  it  would  to  incur  the  possible  delay  m 
installing  it  at  Orange  ana  the  possible  additional 
aelay  in  getting  the  thing  into  adjustment  in  case  it  shouia 
not  oper^e  properly  first  off.  The  Procedure  referred 
to  will  save  time  ifnit  both  Mr*  Edison,  Mr*  «Vood  and  the 
writer. 


- 


May  30th  19L6.  , 

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Orange ,  Kew  Jersey.  fyVLJ*^****-**  7~*~f  ‘  H(,f£?rtr  ) 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  '  j 

I  am  taking  the  liberty  of  wrj^ing^to ^J^for  ^^fglpose 
of  making  suggestions  towards  tw^prov^n^^our^onde^^  ^ 
Diamond  Disc  Phonograph.  I  am  t«  |>rouci^er^^l|^0^d^£nd^^ 

I  can  truthfully  say  I  have  nevcA|nfany^ne V 
much  pleasure  as  my  machine,  clr&s&fiently 
•*  -*•»»  «—**»  “• 

development.  \  -  l  ;t  f 

1  think  an  automatic  wind er^^uld^impr^^ £h^j^h^.E.^,.ilP- 
mensely ,  thereby  saving  springs  and /render erf ec^.  ■** 

time.  The  other  improvement  woul^r^f'tjie  elimination  of  any  sound.,-,. ■ 
of  the  movement  of  the  stylus  or  diamond  point  on  the  reco<^  1 


f  any  sound,-.-- 


s  of  the  instrumental  or  Band  records  thl 
n  the  vocal  records ^ and  the  very  soft  Vio 


jvement  of  the  stylufe; 


is  perc'epitdble  even  to  a  fault ; 
cetve  my  .^ggestions  kindly  and  that  I 


will  be  made  very  happy  in  the- near  future  by  hearlr. 
model  with  automatic  winde/and  'qlPsound  of  the  jl&s< 
diamond  point  on  the  record  entirely  eliminated. 

With  best  wishes  for  the  welfare  of  the  Edi 
rhonorrauh  and  its  wonderful  Inventor,  I  am, 


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After  looking  over  Ur. Taylor'! s  latest  L 
enclosures  and  letters  I  am  of  the  opinion \that  his 
model  is  in  too  unfinished  state  for  us  to  teBt. 

Judging  from  the  appearance  of  \is 
small  reproducer  arm  it  would  seem  ttotEr, 
expects  us  to  make  up  a  special  reproducer  to  try  it 
out  This  would  hardly  he  worth  while  as  he  does 
not "yet  make  it  plain  what  form  reproducer  take  . 

The  possibilities  of  design  are  unlimited  and  it 
would  not  he  advisable  for  us  to  experiment  no 
If  Mr  Taylor  has  a  finished  reproducer  which  can 
he  used  on  a  regular  Edison  Amherola  Phonograph, \ 
without  any  changes  being  made  on  machine  he  migli 
send  that  in  for  a  test.  f 

It  looks  to  me  from  the  crude  appearance 
of  his  models  and  the  more  crude  appearance  of 
raw  materials  and  also  from  his  unfortunate  lack  of 
descriptive  matter,  that  he  has  not  f ^^lat eft 
vrii iifl  I  am  enclosing  herewith  his  laxesT/ 

enclosures^ ' which*  I  third,  will  hear  out  what  X  say. 
However,  if  you  think  it  advisable  ,  have  Mr. 

Taylor  send  in  his  complete  reproducer.  . 


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June  19th.  1916. 


Mr.  Halpin: 

You  will  note  from  Mr.  Edison's  remarks  on  your  memo¬ 
randum  that  he  thinks  there  is  nothing  in  this  device.  X 
assume  of  course ,  that  he  Means  there  is  nothing  that  we  would 
oare  to  use. 

I  was  under  the  impression  that  sometime  ago  we  had 
practically  contracted  with  Mr.  Taylor  to  purchase  his  device. 
Do  you  know  anything  about  this? 


jane  Srd, 


Ur.  Ediocni 

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Brothers  Company,  of  Havana.  Cuba,  took  up  tbs  sals  of  our  Edison 
Diamond  Disc  Phonographs  and  Hooordn  In  Havana  on  Ootobor  1st.  191D  - 
a  period  of  eight  months  -  they  have  purchased  Dl,o  Phonographs  and 
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ATTENTION  Off  SUPERVISORS  and.  TRAVELING  REPAIRMEN : 

Mr.  Edison,  to-day,  wishes  to  remind 
you  once  more  of  the  great  importance  of  levelling  the 
instrument  in  the  owner's  home.  There  is  so  much  risk 
of  the  Reproducer  arm  and  weight  being  affected  one 
way  or  the  other  due  to  unevenness  in  floors,  carpets, 
rugs,  etc.,  that  every  dealer's  repairman  should  be 
strongly  advised  of  this  fact. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  INCORPORATED, 
Musical  Phonograph  Division, 

ENGINEER  ATTACHE. 

CC  MESSRS  .EDI E^ON^and  CONSTABLE . 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


This  man  wrote  us  a  weelfor  two  ago  claiming  that  his  records 
blasted,  and  you  wrote  in  reply  that  it  might  be  in  his  reproducer 
and  suggested  that  he  go  to  the  dealer  and  exchange  it. 

He  came  over  to  the  laboratory  a  few  days  ago,  and  stated  that, 
he  had  already  been  to  the  dealers,  but  that  he  could  not  find  any  ^ 
reproducer  that  gave  any  better  results.  He  Baid  that  he  had  made 

v 

an  improvement  in  reproducers  himself,  and  that  he  had  developed 
one  which  played  much  better  than  ours.  He  wanted  to  show  it  to  me. 


and  I  ashed  him  if  it  t 
for  patent.  He  said  nc 


3  patented  or  if  he  had  filed  an  application 
I  told  him  that  we  did  not  wish  to  look  at" ! 


it  under Any  circumstances  unless  he  had  filed  an  application  for  pat 
ent  or  write  out  a  description  of  his  invention  and  had  it  dated 
and  signed  by  two  witnesses.  fi 

He  has  chosen  the  latter  course,  and  I  attach  his  statement  | 


«2r 

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Mr.  MoOhesney: 


Hof  erring  to  your  memorandum  pf  May  16th  addressed 
to  Mr.  Edison,  whioh  was  aooompanied  by  a  table,  comparing  the 
quantities  of  printed  matter  supplied  to  our  various  jobbers 
during  the  last  fiscal  year  with  the  quantities  to  whioh  they 
were  respectively  entitled  on  the  basis  of  their  purchases,  I 
wish  to  say  that  I  find,  from  your  supplemental  calculation,  that 
while  there  are  several  jobbers  who  toot  more  than  their  allot¬ 
ment  on  certain  kinds  of  printed  matter,  several  of  these  jobbers 
took  less  than  their  allotments  on  other  kinds,  with  the  result 
that  on  a  dollars  and  oents  basis,  considering  all  typeB  of 
printed  matter  covered  by  your  report,  the  following  are  the  onlyy 
jobbers  who  exoeeded  their  allotments  -  the  amount  of  each  ex¬ 
cess  being  shown  opposite  the  jobber's  name. 

E.  E.  Bolway  &  Son,  Inc.,  Syraouse  $  6.80 

Diamond  Musio  Company,  New  Orleans  149.14 

0.  B.  Haynes  &  Company,  Richmond  49.82 

Kipp  Phonograph  Company,  IndianapoliB  348.11 

Pacific  Phonograph  Company,  Portland  195.52 

"  "  "  Spokane  304.56 

W.  A.  Mye rs ,  Williamsport  3.-62 

Silverstone  Musio  Company,  St.  Douls  43.87 

According  to  my  calculation,  the  aggregate  value  of 
the  printed  matter  used  by  all  of  the  jobbers,  combined,  during 
the  past  fiscal  year  is  $6795.06  less  than  the  total  amount  they 
were  entitled  to  use  under  our  allowance  of  15  disc  phonograph 
catalogs,  1$  disc  record  oatalogs,  4  disc  reoord  supplements  and 
36  advertising  circulars  for  each  disc  phonograph  bought,  and 
20  cylinder  phonograph  oatalogs,  36  cylinder  reoord  oatalogs, 

35  reoord  supplements  and  90  advertising  ciroularB  for  eaoh 
cylinder  phonograph  bought. 

Therefore  it  would  seem  either  that  our  allowance  is 
too  high  or  that  we  have  frightened  the  jobbers  to  a  point  where 
they  do  not  furnish  sufficient  printed  matter  to  their  dealers. 

I  do  not  think  the  latter  is  the  case,  and  believe  it  is  probably 
true  that  our  allowance  is  too  high.  However,  it  is  my  opinion 
that  we  would  better  proceed  for  another  year  under  the  present 
plan,  and  then  from  the  Btatistios  of  the  two  years  adopt  Buoh 
revision  of  our  printed  matter  allotment  as  seems  neoeBBary. 

The  reason  that  I  suggest  that  we  take  two  years  as  a  basis  is 
beoause  I  question,  in  view  of  the  rapid  growth  of  the  business, 
whether  last  year  oan  safely  be  taken  as  a  guide;. 

With  particular  reference  to  the  jobbers  who  have  ex¬ 
ceeded  their  allotments,  you  already  have  the  matter  up  with 
pacific  Phonograph  Company,  Portland,  and  paoifio  phonograph 
Company,  Spokane.  For  reasons  not  neoessary  to  mention  in  this 
memorandum  it  is  scarcely  worth  while  to  pursue  this  matter 
vigorously  with  these  two  oonoems. 


Mr.  MoChesnoy  -2-. 


A  speoial  letter  should  he  written  Kipp  Phono¬ 
graph  Company,  and  Mr.  Kipp  should  bo  asked  to  explain  hiB 
use  of  printed  mnttor.  X  doubt  if  wo  Bhould  charge  him  with 
tho  exoass  oyer  his  allotment  that  ho  haB  used,  but  we  should 
oertainly  ohook  up  on  hia  printed  mattor  and  have  him  stop 
any  waste  that  is  occurring. 


The  Diamond  Music  Company  should  also  be  written. 
It  is  probable  that  their  retail  store  iB  responsible  for 
their  exoossive  use  of  printed  matter. 


C.  B.  liaynes  &  Company  should  bo  written.  It 
is  probable  that  they  are  extravagant  with  catalogs  in  thoir 
retail  store. 


Silverstone's  excess  of  $43.87  appears  to  be 
due  to  his  extensive  use  of  advertising  foldors,  and  I  think 
it  is  Boarooly  worth  while  to  write  him  a  special  letter. 

1  do  not  think  it  is  worth  while  to  write  a 
special  letter  to  Bolway  &  Son,  or  W.  A.  Myers,  Williamsport. 

I  believe,  however,  that  a  general  lottor  to  all 
jobbers  should  be  sent  out  within  tho  next  few  days  reiterating 
last  year's  bulletin,  and  at  tho  same  time  suggestion  to  job¬ 
bers  means  by  which  we  think  a  more  effectual  use  of  printed 
matter  by  dealers  oan  bo  brought  about. 

In  ray  opinion  there  are  two  points  which  wo 
should  Btrivo  continuously  to  impress  on  our  Jobbers  and 
dealo  rs : 

(1)  leaflets  should  bo  mailed  -  not  handed  out 
or  wrapped  up  in  bundles. 

(2)  Pushing  a  catalog  on  to  an  uninterested 

person  is  not  only  wasteful,  but  is  also  bad  salesman¬ 
ship.  Tho  catalog  should  be  withheld  until  BUffioiont 
interest  has  been  developod  to  make  it  likely  that  the 
catalog  will  he  read.  • 


C.  0.  to  Messrs.  Edison, 

C.  Edison,  Wilson,  Ireton. 


Evening  Star  Wagner  .  . 

i’rauroerei  Schumann  ••••••••••••  . 

but,  I  feel  that  I  couia  make  better  tone  tests  with  my  own  records, 
and  using  my  own  cello,  and  my  own  Albani  (1673)  violin. 

While  moot  violinists  are  profficicnt 
pianists,  I  find  that  the  cello  takes  the  place  of  any  aptitude 
that  I  might  have  had  on  the  piano>  and,  I  have  been  giving  combin¬ 
ation  recitals  for  the  past  few  years,  and  I  find  that  my  audiences 
like  the  diversity  of  the  programs . 


I  should  like  to  demonstrate  that  the 
tone  from  the  Edison  is  not  that  of  far  away,  distant  music,  by 
making  a  novelty  record. 

After  recording  the  eollo  part,  with  piano  accompaniment,  of  a 
violin,  cello,  and  piano  trio,  I  could  then,  in  demonstrating, 
play  the  violin  part  of  the  trio  with  my  record  —  thus,  playing 
with  myself. 

She  Covallieria  Husticana,  by  Mascagni,  and  the  Moment  Musical  by 
Schubert,  I  feel  would  be  good  numbers  to  show  the  fullness  and 
sonority  of  the  Edison  in  recording  the  cello,  is  equal  to  balanc¬ 
ing  the  violin  played  along  with  the  record. 

Having  lived  in  the  middle  and  Southwest,  I  am  sure  that  this  nov¬ 
elty  would  not  only  appeal,  but,  convince  my  audience  of  the  superi¬ 
ority  of  the  Edison. 

My  mother  gave  me  my  first  four  years 
of  instruction,  and  has  been,  my  accompanist  with  the  exception  Oi 
Francis  Moore  (accompanist  to  Maud  Powell,  Ellman,  Gadaki.  and  Eddy 
Brown  )  with  whom  I  have  done  sonata  work. 

I  then  studied  with  Bradbury,  Sheodore  Spiering,  and  Alexander  Sebald; 
the  last  two  are  of  international  reputation  as  violin  teachers,  but, 
I  studied  with  them  while  they  were  in  the  United  States,  and  in  ad¬ 
dition  to  having  recieved  all  of  my  training  in  this  country,  X  have 
on  both  sides,  seven  generations  of  American  ancestors. 

I.ty  father's  illness  has  kept  mo  in  the 
West  for  the  last  few  years,  with  the  exception  of  brief  study  peri¬ 
ods,  but,  with  his  complete  recovery,  I  hope  to  enlarge  my  field  of 
endeavor. 

During  these  years  I  have  done  concert  work  continuouly,  and  I 
have  good  press  notices. 

Besides  my  musical  acquaintances,  I  am  wo 11  acquainted  personally 


through  Minnesota,  Y/isoonsin,  Illinois,  Iovm,  Missouri,  Hew  Mexico, 
Arizona,  Texas,  and  California,  and  having  beon  in  touch  with  the 
service,  I  have  a  vast  number  of  friends,  and  acquaint one os  in  the 
army,  which  in  itself,  should  prove  a  good  selling  fiold. 

I  plan  to  be  in  Hew  York  City  in  the 
early  j’all,  and  I  am  anxious  to  know  whether  I  would  be  permitted 
to  make  the  demonstration  records  ?  and,  in  case  that  my  recording 
proved  acceptable,  is  there  any  possibility  of  my  being  engaged,  by 
the  Edison  Company  to  give  tone  test  demonstrations  as  I  returned 


Knowing  the  tremendous  demands  on 
time,  Mr.  Edison,  I  am  not  burdening  you  with  press  notices 
repertoire  (  which  includes  a  large  number  of  Mexican  piee 
should  you  be  interested,  a  wire  sent  collect  to  the  addros 


I  want  to  ask  your  leniency, 


ing  up  so  much  of  your  time,  but,  when  nearly  every  comfort  and 
pleasure  that  I  enjoy  daily, • I  have  to  thank  for,  Mr.  Edison 
can't  help  feeling  the  courage  which  comes  from  sincere  admiration, 
and  that  has  led  me  to  address  you,  personally, 


1620  Golden  Hill  Terrace,  El  Paso,  Texas. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


letter  from 

John  Philip  Sousa  to  Kiss  Virginia  Lawrence  Bean 

Marshalltown,  Iowa, 

Hovember  15,  I9II, 

My  dear  Miss  Bean; 

After  hearing  you  play,  I  think  that  you  In  ye  every 
reason  to  he  proud  of  your  progress. 

You  have  the  touch  of  sincerity  in  your  work  that 
makes  for  artistic  success. 

I  certainly  expect  to  see  you  mount  the  ladder  of 
fame  and  accomplish  it  by  honest  endeavor  and  natural  talent. 

With  every  wish  for  your  success, 
believe  me, 
ever  sincerely, 

John  Philip  So\isa 

Miss  Virginia  Bean,  £1  Paso,  Texas . 

Hote;  tho  above  letter  was  written  out  in  long  hand,  in  such  a 
manner  as  to  be  suitable  for  narrow  press  column  cut,  and  sent 
over  a  month  after  Mr.  Sousa  had  heard  Miss  Bean  play. 

Letter  from 

Francis  Moore  to  Miss  Virginia  Lawrence  Bean. 

Francis  Moore  was  with  Maud  Powell  for  two  years,  and  has  since 
accompanied  Kllman  in  a  number  of  his  Carnegie  Hall  recitals,  and, 
at  present  is  with  Mme.  Gadski. 

Letter  on  next  page. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


El  Paso,  Texas, 

August  SI,  1913, 

"To  whom  It  may  concern; " 

It  affords  me  great  pleasure  to  reocomend 
Miss  Virginia  Bean  to  all  those  who  are  interested  in  music. 

Miss  Bean  plays  with  true  musical  fooling,  and  shows  unusual  taste 
in  her  interpretations. 

Those  qualities  combined  with  a  charming  personality  should  enable 
her  to  rant  high  as  a  violinist. 

On  the  several  occasions  when  we  have  played  sonatas  for  violin 
and  piano,  she  has  proven  herself  to  be  a  thourough  musician. 

"Francis  Moore" 

Miss  Bean  played  sonatas  by  Grieg,  Brhams,  Ceasar  Franck,  Handel, 
and  Schubert  with  Francis  Moore  on  numerous  recital  programs. 


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_ Reasons  both  artistic  and  commercial  I 

have  occasion  t?o  know  with  some  thoroughness  your  Per- 

f“*  “”  h-^  aw*— i 

I  say  perfect  because  it  is|  perfi' 

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Those  wise  in  acoustics  and  tone  lore  used 
to  be  steeped  in  the  conviction  that  perfect  record¬ 
ing  and  re-creating  of  sound,  especially  tones,  were 
not  possible — that  between  ideal  and  realization  thg^ 

God  of  Inanimate  Things  had  imposed  myriad  barriers**-——^ 
— that  the  truly  marvelous  "talking  machine",  despite 
its  distortions  and  insufficiencies,  was  an  achieve¬ 
ment  marking  the  end  of  phonographic  progress. 


But  your  genius  has  triumphed  again.  You 
have  accomplished  the  miraculous  feat  of  building 
something  that  not  only  hears  sounds  but  hears  all  of 
all  sounds,  remembers  them,  and  re-creates  them  even 
to  their  most  subtle  components. 


Now — such  iB  my  interest  in  music  and  music 
composition;  my  study  of  tone  formations  and  combina¬ 
tions;  my  sincere  appreciation  of  your  perfection  of 
apparatus  and  processes — I  wish  to  emphasize  to  you 
that  by  reason  of  their  aocompaniment  suppression  the 
Edison  vocal-solo  records  are  made  without  half  the 
music  value  with  which  your  perfect  equipment  quali¬ 
fies  you  to  endow  them. 

This  acoompaniment  suppression  is  nothing 
that  needB  to  be— it  does  not  reside  in  the  art— it 
is  nothing  more  nor  less  than  bad  musical  judgment, 

A  very  important  thing  to  remember  in  connection  with 
matters  musical  iB  that,  regardleBB  of  theory,  muBio 
is  no  better  than  it  sounds. 

What  is  demanded  for  every  solo  voice  in 
your  records  is  an  aooompaniment  rich  in  color  and 
most  surely  of  much  more  character  and  strength— and 
the  mere  presence  and  audibility  of  that  aooompani¬ 
ment  in  the  recording  laboratory  is  not  enough— the 
aocompaniment  must  be  impressed  upon  the  record  re¬ 
gardless  of  the  caprice  of  the  singer  or  any  other 


4-  CONCERT  HALL 
CORNING,  N.Y. 


2  Mr,  Edieon 

person  afflicted  with  an  aooompaniphobia.  It  is  a  had 
delusion,  the  idea  that  anybody's  voice  is  good  without 
a  firm  support.  Your  forces  have  the  only  perfect 
equipment  in  the  world  for  re-creating  either  vooal  or 
instrumental  music  or  both  combined — and  they  fail 
that  perfect  equipment  in  combination.  Meanwhile  the 

forces  sadly  inferior  to  yours,  Bolely  because  of  their 
superior  discrimination,  are  making  better  vocal-solo 
records  ...  No,  this  iB  not  at  all  because  of 
their  fanoied  monopoly  of  the  best  singers— with  your  ad¬ 
vantages  and  the  exeroiBe  of  accompaniment  discrimination 
any  of  your  singers  can  be  so  presented  as  instantly  to 
appeal  to  the  world  with  far  more  charm  than  any  talking 
machine"  soloiBt  ever  known. 

Bring  your  accompaniment  forward — make  some- 
thinK  of  it--give  it  the  prominenoe  it  deserves  and  the 
world  demands.  This  is  the  orying^need  in  your  busi¬ 
ness:  until  you  meet  it,  other  records  that— though  in¬ 
ferior  in  all  other  respeots — do  embody  the  necessary 
harmony  in  addition  to  the  melody  of  the  soloist— these 
inferior  records  will  hold  the  Edison  Phonograph  quite 
too  far  from  the  position  it  should  occupy. 

I  tell  you  this  plainly  and  fearlessly  with 
the  assurance  that  I  know  what  I  am  talking  about— and 
with  the  most  profound  admiration  for  your  infinite 
achievement.  I  do  not  doubt  that  you  will  understand 
my  kind  intentions. 

Wishing  your  beautiful,  matchlesB  Re-Creating 
Phonograph  all  the  glory  it  deserves,  I  am 


Sincerely  yours, 


Thomas  A.  Edison 

Orange 

New  Jersey 


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in  other  words,  the  last  inspection  made  by  the  regular 
inspection  force  was  at  quite  some  period  in  the  process 
before  all  the  final  operations  had  been  completed;  in 
other  words,  such  things  occurred  as  taking  off  the  turn 
table  for  packing,  attaching  the  record  rack,  handling 
the  phonograph  around  the  room  and  numerous  other 
things  which  occurred  all  after  the  so-called  final 
inspection.  I  have  arranged  now  that  the  final 
inspection  means  that  inspection  takes  place  after  every¬ 
thing  has  been  done  upon  the  maohlne  and  as  it  is 
practically  ready  to  go  into  the  packing  case,  therefore 
damages  or  various  other  similar  defects  which  occurred 
previously  in  the  handling,  subsequent  to  inspection, 
will  now  be  caught  by  the  final  inspectors. 

There  is  also  the  fact  to  be  borne  in 
mind  that  the  Engineering  inspectors  very  naturally 


go  into  an  inspection  more  carefully  than  the  regular 

factory  inspectors,  the  degree  of  refinement  which 

they  use  would  naturally  he  greater  than  What  might  he 

termed  a  commercial  standard,  by  this  X  mean  that  in 

order  to  maintain  a  scheduled  production  and  shipment 

per  day  it  is  neoessary  that  the  product  he  handled 

in  a  schedule  manner,  and  therefore  the  inspection 

must  he  within,  what  might  he  termed  commercial 

limits,  as  against  an  Engineering  limit,  which  permits 

of  a  test  being  made  regardless  of  the  length  of  time 

involved  and  the  degree  of  refinement  into  which  it 

may  he  entered.  Ehis,  however,  is  entirely  aside  from 

the  fact  that  we  do  not  propose  to  let  defects  get  thru, 

hut  has  to  do  only  with  the  fact  that  you  may  aspect 

from  time  to  time  minor  orlticlsms  by  the  Engineering 

Department,  which  will  he  criticisms  upon  minor  points 

and  will  have  to  do  with  the  degree  or  extent  of  the  defect  rather 

than  its  existence  or  non-existence, 

you  will  see  a  very  decided  improvement 
in  connection  with  these  reports,  and  X  think  you 
will  he  entirely  satisfied  with  the  progress  we  will 

taking  into  consideration  of  course  the  commercial 
limit  referred  to, 

US 


C.E.FAIEBAHKS 


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Report  of  Stock  Phonographs 


WEEK'S  OUTPUT 
HO.  TESTED. 

%  OF  OUTPUT  TESTED. 

FOUHD  O.K. 

CABINET  DEFECTS. 

MINOR  MECH.  DEFECTS. 

MORE  SERIOUS  MECH.  DEFECTS. 


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Quite  a  number  of  giinor  defects  in  assembly  were  \ 
f  noted  and  stops  have  hoen  taken  by  Mr.  Fairbanks  to  put  a  3top  to  this 
L  oontinoal  oaralessnes3.  Tho  defects  noted  have  also  been  ollled  to  the 
/  V  attention  of  the  inspector  or  foremen  directly  responsible.  I 

/  Iwo  (2)  ohugging  wrings  were  reported.  One  spring  j 

was  found  improperly  graphited  and  the  other  motor  was  used  to  demonstrate 
our  most  recent  development  in  over-oomine  this  trouble. 


C.C.  to  Messrs*  C.  Edison,  Maxwell,  Fairbanks,  Waterman,  ParkhurBt, 
Ventres,  file. 


UE0HAHICA1.  DEFECTS. 

BO  27042  Chugged  -  need  this  spring  for  testing;  Iawaon'8  spring 

lubrication.  Cause  of  chugging  was  improper  distribution  of 
dry  graphite,  or  caking  of  graphite. 

50  13735  Chugged  -  appeared  to  be  too  little  graphite  in  springs 

added  a  little  and  worked  it  in,  was  then  o.h. 


On  Tharsday  of  this  week  (finding  6-24-16)  fir.  Parkhurat 
established  a  new  final  cabinet  inspection  -  our  “aoh*n°a  were 
drawn  after  this  inspection  on  Thursday  and  Friday  and no  cab¬ 
inet  defeots  were  noted.  Cabinet  defects  noted  in  this  report 
were  therefore  found  prior  to  the  establishment  of  said  inspect- 

asaiis 


Ur.  I.  0.  IJIoChesney:-  \ 

In  lino  with  la*.  Edison' s  instructions,  \ 
have  Just  secured  rubber  stamps  for  imprinting  Disc 
Envelopes  to  read  as  follows:- 

. "If  records  hecome  soiled  and  need 
■cleaning,  wipe  with  cloth  dampened 
with  aloohol  wipe  dry  with  small  piece 
silk  velvet. 

POH'T  USE  WATER". 

The  envelopes  are  to  he  imprinted  in  the  space 
located  on  the  right  hand  aide  between  Mr.  Edison  b  name 
and  the  label. 

Will  you  please  arrange  to  have  the  surplus 
stook  of  Disc  Record  Envelopes  surcharged,  and  alBO  please 
advise  how  long  you  think  it  will  -cake  uO  do  this  work. 

I  am  attaching  samplo  showing  the  size  of  type 
which  Mr.  Edison  has  approved.  5 


C.O.  — , 
GHB/AMO 


T, A. Edison,  W. Maxwell,  A.M.Hird. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Phonograph  -  General 
(E-16-64) 
July-December 


COPY 


July  1st. 1916. 


Mies  Virginia  L.  Been, 

1620  Golden  Hill  Terrace, 
El  Paso,  Texas. 


Dear  Miss  Beall : 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  was  re¬ 


ceived  and  has  had  his  personal  consideration. 

He  wishes  me  to  say  to  yon  that  when  yon  visit  Hew 
York  in  accordance  with  your  plans  yon  can  come  over  to  the  lab¬ 
oratory  here  and  he  will  make  a  test  record.  If  that  is  found 
satisfactory,  he  will  have  more. records  made  for  tone  tests  if 
yon  can  make  satisfactory  arrangements  with  our  business  people. 

Orange  is  only  a  little  over  twelve  miles  from  Hew 
York  and  yon  oan  come  ont  here  on  the  Lackawanna  Railroad,  alight¬ 
ing  from  the  train  at  Orange  and  take  a  street  oar  for  West 
Orange,  which  will  bring  you  to  the  Laboratory  door.  Please  ask 
for  me  and  I  will  arrange  the  rest. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft. 


If  C  <<*<  <*4. 


Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 

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At.  •***££.  Wuw. 

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duly  6,  1910. 


l&ooere.  Ireton,  heonard,  iillmoro,  JJu,?lio: 

Ihls  memorandum  revokes  the  instructions? 
contained  in  is$  nsKaoi’andUia  of  April  11th,  wherein  k»b  out¬ 
line  d  a  method  of  dealing  with  latter.-;  Iron  c-u tellers  who 
suggest  c hangau  In  or  attachments  to  our  yhonoKr-jpiis, 

Henceforth  all  letters  shout-'  inventions 
or  liaprovsaentB  sshonia  he  sent  to  Ur,  .’“esdeweroft  for  i'r. 
adloon.  lie  latter  will  note  thereon  v/liat  action  he  wonts 
taken. 

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c.  c.  to 


t.  lieesra.  Wilson,  C.  Edison, 
roft,  Hollon,  Countable. 


,  E.  A.  .Edison:-  , 

Messrs.  Wilson,  Ciias.  Edison,  Maxwell,  ilicfeerson  and  fils. 

Blue  Am'oerol  V.ecord  Benort  of  Deliveries  and  2'nir>nentB 


June.  1916. 


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Mr.  E.  A.  aaiBon:- 

iiessrs.  V/ilson,  Chas.  Edison,  Maxwell,  Dicker eon  and  flle:- 


Disc  Hecord  Henort  of  deliveries  and  hihinaents 
June.  1916. 


Deliveries 


Shipment b 


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6339 

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7/8/ie 


SMITHSONIAN  INSTITUTION 
UNITED  STATES  NATIONAL  MUSEUM 


July  8,  1916. 


Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

On  behalf  of  the  National  Museum  I  beg  to  ac¬ 
knowledge  with  thanks  the  receipt  of  the  larger  type 
Edison  tin  foil  phonograph  presented  by  Mr.  Edison,  the 
transmittal  of  which  is  announced  in  your  letter  of 
July  3.  The  specimen  i3  an  exceptionally  fine  one  and 
is  particularly  acceptable  as  it  fills  a  gap  in  the 
Museum's  collection  illustrating  the  history  of  the 
talking  machine  which  it  had  for  years  seemed  impos¬ 
sible  to  bridge. 

Please  convey  to  Mr.  Edison  the  assurance 
of  my  deep  appreciation  of  his  interest  and  generosity 
in  securing  this  specimen  for  the  national  collections. 


in  charge  of  National  Museum. 


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Mr.  Edison: 

Referring  to  the  attaohed  yellow  memorandum,  we  have 
no  data  on  Blue  Amberol  record  manufacture  except  deliveries  to 
Baldwin's  stock.  The  deliveries  to  Baldwin's  stock  (including 
salable  records  returned  from  jobbers  on  the  return  allowance) 
from  January  to  June,  inclusive,  are  given  below  in  comparison 
with  net  orders  and  shipments.  f  ^  W 


Delivered  to 
Orders  Reo  'd  Baldwin's  Stook  Shipped. 


January 
February 
[ity'Maroh 
/  April 
May 
June 


1686863 

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(1)  You  show  Blue  Amberol  reoords  manufactured 
amounting  to  2,187,000,  while  we  show,  Delivered  to  Stook, 
1,686,663.  This  difference  of  500,000  reoords  is  primarily 
oaused  by  the  fact  that  your,  figures  were  taken  from  manu¬ 
facturing  reports  which  did  not  Bhow  the  discards.  I  am  in¬ 
formed  that  the  disoards  during  the  period  in  question 
amounted  to  540,436. 


As  stated  above,  our  figures  of  reoords 
delivered  to  stock  also  include  such  records  returned  on  the 
exchange  allowance  as  are  placed  in  stock.  This,  in  connection 
with  the  fact  that  our  deliveries  to  stock  in  January  no  doubt 
show  some  reoords  reported  to  you  by  the  Manufacturing  Depart¬ 
ment  in  the  previous  month,  is  apparently  the  explanation  for 
the  difference  between  500,000  and  540,000. 

(2)  Your  figures  show  Orders  Received  amounting 
to  1,461,000.  These  figures  apparently  do  not  include  the 
cancellations,  which  aooountB  for  the  discrepancy  between  them 
and  our  figures  of  1,398,618. 

You  will  see  from  the  foregoing  that  the  increase  in  our 
Blue  Amberol  record  stock  has  not  been  so  large  as  indicated  by 
your  figures.  The  inventory  of  Blue  Amberol  records  has  grown  from 
426,785,  on  February  29th,  to  671,522  on  June  30th.  We  found  that  we 


Mr.  Edison  -2- 


were  carrying  insufficient  stocks  of  a  good  many  numbers,  and 
accordingly  increases  were  made. 

I  attach  hereto  complete^inventory  of  Blue  Amberol 
record  stock  as  of  July  11th,  and  it  is  Mr.  Baldwin' 8  opinion 
that  we  are  not  stocked  excessively  on  any  number. 

Mr.  Baldwin's  orders  on  the  production  department, 
for  both  disc  and  cylinder  records,  are  prepared  from  exact  data, 
and  it  is  seldMa^hat^he^makes  a  serious  mistake  unless  there  is 
a  sudden  deolrne ,  wfeTch“tar ely  happens. 

It  is  not  probable  that  Blue  Amberol  record  stock 
will  increase  from  now  on,  except  such  increase  as  naturally  occurs 
in  carrying  stocks  of  new  numbers.  While  this  is  offset  in  a 
measure  by  diminished  stocks  of  old  numbers,  there  is  nevertheless 
some  gain. 


WM-AH 


p.  S.  Mr.  Nehr  can  no  doubt  arrange  to  give  you  a 
manufacturing  report  showing  net  manufacture 
after  discards  are  deducted. 


W.  M. 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Mr.  Edison: 

There  are  several  English  translations  of  the 
Latin  words  of  Gounod's  "Ave  Maria" .  We  used  Ditson's 
translation  which  is  more  liberal  and  acceptable  to  all 
denominations . 

The  translation  referred  to  in  this  letter  is 
strictly  Roman  Catholic,  and  used  by  them  in  their  service. 

Gounod's  "Ave  Maria"  is  a  favorite  among  all 
denominations  and  therefore  the  liberal  translation  is 


FORI am.  TOR  3tJB  MASTER  BUUTK5 


De  Aloo.  (80jS  Recovered) 
Wood  Floor 
Goa  Black 
Phenol  Resin 


100  Blanks 

9,870  Grama 
48,650  " 
1,225  " 
48,650  " 


Blank  Weigba  1^00  Grama. 


Given  hy  Mr.  Hoffman,  July  19,  1916. 


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35  7/XO  Srma. 


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37  7/10  30.5  .0672  * 

25,878  22,118  48,7*81  * 

19.522  16,685  56.7511'-^ 


53,494  2/10  45,721 

22,700  19,401 


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I  Blank  -  £58^Grau>B 


In  Operation,  June  22-1916 

Given  hy  Mr*  Hoffman,  July  19,  19X6. 


ARTHUR  R.  COLBURN, 
ATTORNEY  AND  COUNSELLOR  AT  L 


^  Thomas  A^Eclison,  Incorporated,  y 
lecufcLing  Department 


Orange,  1T.J. 


Sir : 


phone:  omoe.  MAIN  1183 
A  RESIDENCE,  COLUMBIA  4913  -*4 

I  write  to  bring  to  yoUr  notice  a  soprano  singer  whose  quality 
of  voice,  tones,  correctness  of  pitch  (even  from  the  moment  of 
first  striking  a  note),  skill,  and  experience.  It  seems  to  me,  would 
make  her  a  valuable  acquisition  to  you  as  a  maker  of  records.  She 
surprised  me  most  agreeably  in  a  concert  last  winter  by  ^rendi¬ 
tion  of  the  Jewel  Song  and  several  other  songs  requiring  high  skill. 
She  is  a  professional  singer  and  teacher,  one  was  told  once  out 
Vest  by  a  phonograph  dealer  that  she  ought  to  make  records,  as  she 
was  the  second  singer,  only,  that  he  had  heard  of  ^o  could  hold 
high  C  through  some  ten  measures,  m  a  song  which  he  heard  her  sing, 
the  name  of  which  I  have  forgotten,  but  is  a  famous  piece,  aie  could 
hold  the  note  without  dropping  in  pitch;  this  is  what  caughthis 
attention.  I  spoke  to  her  a  few  evening  ago  about  her  f*1*55  *®“°rdS  ’ 
and  she  has  had  a  fancy  to  do  so,  but  did  not  know  how  t0  s°  * 
it,  so  never  put  forth  efforts  in  that  direction.  I  have  long  haa 
an  Edison  Standard,  equipped  to  date  and  much  more  than  1,000 
records,  mostly  Edison  make.  Her  voice  has  the  °P«ratic  style, 
pleasing  like  Miss  Narelle's,  and  has  a  dignity  similar  to  that  of 
Barmold  Her  voice  does  not  lack  in  power,  also. 

““  u’have  Jy  agent  or  critic  who  comes  this  way  at  times 9 

What  should  she  do,  if  jo  u  desire  to  have  her  ■ tf 
You  have  put  forth  many,  many  records  by  thlS 

one,  and  it  seems  to  me  worth  while  for  you  to  look  into  this. 

I  took  part  in  the  orchestra  which  played  at  the  concert  above 
mentioned,  that  of  the  Men's  Club,  Takoma  Park,  D.C. 

I  turn  the  phonograph  to  good  account  by  using  it  5  ^  ® 
to  accompany  my  flute  and  piccolo,  and  for  this  purpose  it  acces¬ 
sary  the  regulator  handy,  as  in  the  old  Standard^  I  think 

you  ought  to  take  notice  of  this  point,  as  many  might  use  theirpho 
raohs  for  this  purpose,  and  to  make  the  machine  accord  with  the 

inftSenJs  p^edV  t^  phonograph  must  be»^readily  adjustable 
for  each  piece.  It  would  be  impracticable  to  use  some  of  your . 
machines  for  this  purpose.  It  ought  to  be  a  growing  use,  deliberate 

ly  developed  by  your  Company. 

Very  truly  yours^- 


Ap  early  reply  would  be  appreciated. 

4rtr-)c.  *  d 


lr  (£.  .  |tQ/ 


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ORTHOPEDIC  APPUANCES.TRUSSES, ELASTIC  HOSIERY,  Etc. 
MICROSCOPES  AND  SCIENTIFIC  INSTRUMENTS 


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t  bouts  on  y.ur  cylinder  instri 


doubtless  aware,  ' it  would  lie  ver; 
ould • have  those  peculiar  sounds  wi 
isoases  recorded  so  tliut  students 
uliar  sounds  but  also  could  bear 
perfected  by- using  the  liowles  Stcr 


cd  by  using  the  Howies  Stctboscop 
dgm  to  convoy  tbo  sounds  to  tbo  t 
tbink  it  would  be  of  great  value 


dlv  nivo  this  a  few  moments'  thought,  if  yoi 
sident  of  tbo  District  of  Columbia  nodical  , 
lost  of  us  tliis  morning- 


Cxtf/ivaliV, 


'  HAMPSHIRE  COLLEGE, 


e  Edison  Phonograph  Company, 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 
Orange,  N.J, 

Gentlemen: 


July  21,  1916. 

,  lW>  1^4*  &****-** . 

'ir 


If  the  EdisonJEbonographw^th  ijgilyT 

fected  records  were  constructed  r"1  that, after  there( 

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^een  pi^rei  within  it  a 

for  the  evening’s  entertainment , and  n$  more  pA^ention 
were  required,  then  everyone  would  conceed  tij^^ERe  last 
word  hod  been  said  in  phonograph  construction. 

After  a  great  deal  of  work  I  have  invented  such 


r  machine, using  a  record  of  special  shape, each  of  which 
records  playing  from  five  to  thirty  minutes.  A  number  of 
these  records  can  be  placed  in  the  ms.chine  at  one  time, 
after  which  no  more  attention  is  required  for  an  hour  or 
more  when  all  the  records  are  played.  A  permanent  needle 
such  as  your  diamond  needle  and  an  electric  motor  are 
of  course  essential  parts. 

art 

This  instrument  lends  itielf  well  to/\work,  it’s 
geners.l  shape  being  that  of  the  Vocalion  Art  Style  V-IC. 

It  is  my  purpose  to  find  the  company  most 
interested  in  this  improvement, and  if  you  are  interested, 
possibly  we  can  find  some  way  to  get  together. 

Very  truly  yours, 


go. 


Omaha, Nebr.,  July  23,  1916. 


Ur.  Thomas  Edison, 


Dear  Sir:- 

u-  Jr  uytn*A-l  V  a-  —  -  '  -  |  -  tv  *■ 

The  writer  would  appreciate  your  moat  wonderful  u 

rioe  on  an  invention,  whioh  if  aame  can  be  perfeoted  would! 
be  pleased  to  have  you  quote  me  price  on  earns.  VivL&t  cvt*  _ 

angjW^'T 


As  a  boy.  Thomas  A.  Edison  was  taught  to _ _ 

therefore,  appeal  to  your  most  wonderful  knowledge,  r  //, 
am  a  singer  with  a  large  high  baritone  voioe  singing  a 
"G"  top  note,  and  have  in  the  past  made  a  living  singing 
a  song  from  the , top  of  a  six  or  seven  story  building  with 
a  Brass  Band  on  the  sidewalk  below,  playing  the  accompaniment 
to  advertise  myiact,  which  appears  at  a  local ‘vaudeville 
house,  and  always  was  a  big  drawing  card,  but'this  foroeful 
singing  was  hard  on  the  voioe. 


? 


What  I  would  like  to  know. is,  if  you  oould  invent 
something  that  would  magnify  my  voioe  three  or  four  times 
to  enable  me  to  do  the  big  voioe  work.  I  had  in  mind  some¬ 
thing  that  would  fit  over  the  mouth,  but  the  projection 
not  to  be  over  3  or  4  dhohew  as  same  oould  not  be  detected 
at  a  height. 


If  there  is  a  possibility  of  same,  would  be  pleased 
to  hear  from  you  in  the  very  near  future.  , 


Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am 
_  Tours  truly 

£//$_  * 


July  24,  1916. 


Ur.  Edison: 

Edward  Marshall  told  me  a  few  days  ago  that  ^  the 

=5S2 S*S?^£Hsr  * 

4+  *td  vitally  necessary  to  have  all  tao  joiuoj 
continue  to  work  properly,  he  says,  and  ^unless  tne wood 
is  properly  soasonod,  the  log  hccomes  or  no  *  - 

Tt  ne cared  to  mo  that  possibly  this  information 
might  ho  of  service  to  _us >  in  gonocraph 
and  if  yon  want  mo  to  look  into  it,  l  ..in  no 
trip  to  Washington. 


dUi  ***~**~i 

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Mr.  Thoms  A.  Edison,  .  ,.  ** 

Orange ,  H.J.  U^,aJ'4C“  5r  '  /«£  csJit+'A 

Z!ZZ sSrss  sbals 

»*tUo  which  came  to  me  on  yesterday.  h  „ 

-  This  is  heyond  anything  I  have  dared  nope  ° 

have  been  running  high  as  I  have  become  more  and  more 

gS.gHSX  the°r idhne  ss6  of  *  abso  lilt  ely  unflawed  tone  are  joined  tea  in 
.  m  the  last 

JX5;P  1  OT”ld  “*•  “ 

,  •  ?  Can  find  nothing  better  than  perfection.  _  . 

8ay’  X  f.?~t  W * /^i-rSSiaJSnST^  L^d 

^ne^elrment If  richness.  Julia  Heinrich's  Springtime  song;  Yvonne 
?'  2„__J it r»iq  Chanson  Provencals,.  Armand  Vecsey’s  Serenade  hy  Pi i^o , 

?£  Fnv-S  rendering  Of  "She  Alone  Gharmeth  Hy  Sadness,”  and  the  finely 
»lcnmher'from  Dias'  Benvenuto  _  are  =  all  in  point.  Their  Breates. 

cnarm  dof  i  ^no^my  of  expressing  my  sense  of  debt  to  you  for 

the  delight  you  /— >  / 


Dear  sirs.  v  -  v\, 

r  hog  to  advise  that  I  have  just  completed  and  patented 
a  device  for  counterbalancing  cabinet  covers,  ouoh  as  you  use  °n 
your  Phonographs  or  Pianos,  the  purpose  of  which  is  to  open  or  close 
the  cover  by  operating  two  small  push  buttons  or  knob. 

The  entire  device  is  located  on  the  inside  wall  of  the 
cubinot,  requires  no  change  in  the  design  of  cabinet  or  lid,  and 
is  easily  applied  to  any  cabinet  without  interference  with  other 
parts  of  the  machine,  o?  is  it  necessary  to  make  any  provision  for 
installing  devioe. 

The  operating  buttons  are  similar  *° 

SlSh”««“S.  lldVSp.r.t.d  W  «™>'«  *»" 

3mob  througi  a  90  degree  angle. 

The  cost  of  this  device,  applied  to  oabinet,  I  figure 
to  be  approximately  two  to  three  dollars,  depending  of  course  upon 
your  manufacturing  facilities. 

The  maintenance  is  nil,  their  being  nothing  to  get  out 
of  order,  and  thwarts  may  be  m^de  in  such  a  way  that  the  wear  is 
reduced  to  a  minimum. 

surface  of  the  oabinet  in  order  to  raise  it  by  hand. 

Enclosed  is  drawing  showing  the  general 

invention  and  explain  in  detail  its  application. 

The  patent  for  this  improvement  is  now  forsole  and  if 
you  are  interested  I  would  bo  glad  to  haar^pm,  puy  , 

Yours  truly, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


August  9,  1916 


Mr.  Cons table 

Referring  to  your  attached  memorandum  with  respect 
to  the  automatic  lid  support  invented  hy  R.  E.  Ward. 

Ho  patent  has  been  granted  to  Mr.  Ward  on  this  device 
during  the  last  two  years.  In  stating  in  his  letter  of  July 
29,  1916  that  he  has  patented  the  device,  Mr.  Ward  prohahly 
means  that  he  has  filed  a  patent  application  therefor.  I 
would  suggest  that,  if  we  contemplate  acquiring  the  rights  to 
the  invention,  we  write  to  Mr.  Ward  and  ask  him  to  send  us  a 
oopy  of  the  patent  application  papers,  including  the  claims, 
and  to  indioate  the  olaims  which  have  been  allowed  by  the 


V 


I  wish  to  thank  you  for  your  kind  interest;  knowing  how 
busy  you  are,  I  appreciate  your  bringing  my  request  to  Hr.  Edison's 
attention. 

In  addition  to  my  teaching,  I  have  been  engaged  in  a  ser¬ 
ies  of  concerts  under  the  auspices  of  the  Red  Gross  Society,  but, 

I  hope  to  be  in  Orange  by  the  last  week  in  August. 

After  having  read  the  back  numbers  of  "Diamond  Points", 

I  am  still  a  little  in  the  dark  as  to  just  what  requirements  a 
violinist  must  meet  to  record  successfuly. 

I  have  made  some  very  clear  and  smooth  wax  records  with 
the  recording  equipment  which  is  sold  for  the  cylinder  machines, 
but,  whether  this  in  any  way  indicates  the  tone  quality  and  shading 
which  one  must  possess  to  meet  Mr.  Edison's  requirements,  I  do  not 
know. 

But,  if  my  recording  holds,  the  slightest  promise,  and  if 
you  will  be  good  enough  to  give  me  suggestive  criticism,  I  will  be 
willing  to  put  in  the  most  earnest  work  in  the  effort  to  meet  the 


requirements . 

I  intend  to  take  quiet  quarters  where  I  oan  work. 

I  have  been  trying  so  hard  to  find  out  the  correct 
volume  of  tone,  and  the  compass  and  shading  of  tones  which  will 
he  the  most  advantageous,  and  it  is  upon  such  points  as  these, 
that  I  will  he  open,  and  anxious  for  your  slightest  suggestion. 

vath  the  most  sincere  appreciation  of  your  kindness, 

I  am,  yours  truly, 


(yvi^  ) 


.  ^ 


1620  Golden  Hill  Terrace,  El  Paso,  Texas. 


Su>  jeot 

Thomas  A.Edison 
S|uad  Concert  Phonograph 


PARTRIDGE  ft  DAVISON 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange  ,  H.J. 

Bear  Sir. 

I  desire  to  procure 


August  2nd 


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ng  capacity  sufficient  to  reach  'the  natoral  voiun^ep/ kol£es^ 
singers,  single  or  in  quart etteV^aflBo  increase  JhaJvolume  of  all 
instrumental  music,  to  use  in  giving  jpu^lic  conce£j*3',  and  entertai¬ 
nments,  to  profit  thereby,  and  advertise  The  Edison^ifechines. 

I  have  been  a  telegrapher,  for  maty  years,  and 
recently  became  injured  so  badly  i  cannot  work.  In  thinking  up  an 
occupation  (  not  laberous  )  to  adopt,  decided  upon  the  above  which 
would  benefit  both  of  us.  I  desire  a  machine  constructed  unlike 
any  now  made,  which  is  my  unaidedkdea  ,  and  is  not  patented,  and 
if  of  value,  you  may  use  it,  crediting  me  with  your  estimation  of 
its  value  fThe  lord  knows  i  am  needy  )  but  i  do  not  wish  to 
interefere  in  another  persons  line  of  business. 

If  one  reproducer,  is  l/4  the  volume 
of  a  voice,  4.  reproducers  vrould  be  its  entirety,  exactly  what  i  am 
wanting.  Thus  i  have  planned  to  arrange  4  reproducers  connected 
to, and  operated  by  one  only,  diamond  point:;  These  4  reproducers 
each  connect  with  an  individual  tube,  making  a  group  of  4  tubes, 
uniformally  curved  and  terminate  in  one,  the  mouthpiece  of  the 
Megaphone,  or  Horn.  Thus  constructed  would  be  compared  with  a  6. 
cylinder  motor  v  s;  a  2, cylinder,  and  could  be  plainly  heard  above 
the  usual  noise  and  commotion  of  an  audience.  What  is  your  opinion 
of  a "Quad  repro due e^or  Orchestra  music,  and  Concerts.  May  i  expect 
to  own  such  a  machine,  and  when.  Yours  very  truly. 


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The  Phonograph  Sales 
Company 


The  Edison  Shop 

861  BROAD  STREET 
NEWARK.  N.  J. 


The  Phonograph  Shop 

430  BLOOMFIELD  AVENUE 
M»m  Office:  MONTCLAIR.  N.J. 

861  BROAD  STREET 

NEWARK.  N.  J. 


Mr. Thomas  A..  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 
My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  enclose,  herewith. 


clipping  from 


Thursday,  or  Friday,  which  .may  he  of  interest  to  you./)  The 'Phonograph 

/Vj  e,  — * 


Edison  Shop,  in  Newark.  We  understand  that  if  Father  Lonergfer'car 
permission  to  use  it  regularly,  that  it  will  be  in  almost 
constant  use.  He  is  very  much  pleased  with  it,  and  as  you  will 
readily  realize,  it  sounds  extremely  natural.  I  thought  it  might 
he  '.of  interest  to  you  and  X  hope  it  will  be  the  means  of  opening 
a  new,  if  somewhat  limited  market  for  us. 


Very  sincerely  jraupf, 
PRESIDENT. 


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Mr.  Thos.A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sirr¬ 


ing.  11, 


\ 

1916', 


,  i/^ 


dolibt  you  receive  a  great  many  peculiar  letters 

of  inquiry  and  suggestions,  and  this  one  may  he  placec^A;Atl(e^ 

same  list,  hut  since  I  have  heard  my  mother  spea^pS^y.o^  «.-? 

wifes’  mother  being  a  cousin,  I  have  felt  thafyA  might  v/ritp  , ^ i  ^ 

with  more  confidence  of  a  due  consideratio^TH  thap^if  ^  it!  were 

otherwise.  iKM'  /  -■ 

i  -  ty  (V  ■ 

I  have  a  daughter  who,  we  have  been  told,  W  others,  .  ^ 
is  very  talented  in  piano  work,  and  I  have  formed'1' a  JmM re  to 
know  if  your  machine  is  such  that  records  of  her  Jjf  ayfngv’ 
could  he  made  in  our  home,  and  if  so,  would  it  be  veig^p^i  {/ 

pensive?  I  would  like  very  much  to  get  some  of  suorf records^/- 
if  it  can  be  done  without  too  muoh  expense. 

Thanking  you  sincerely,  I  am  y 

Very  resu 


y 


Having  just  returned  rrom  an  extended  Automobile 


trip  -  Chicago  to  Mlnneappolls  -  I  write  to  say  that, in  passing  through 
the  towns  enroute  ,  I  made  it  my  business  to  visit  the  Edison  Phonograph 
agents  .  I  was  pleased  to  rind  that  my  little  old  song  was  Known  as 
one  or  the  «  Best  Sellers"  hut  ,  in  most  instances  there  was  complaint 
that  it  could  not.  he  kept  in  stock  owing  to  the  Pact  that  it  could  not 
he  obtained  -  thought  you  should  know. this. 

It  was  also  suggested  that  I  write  you  in  regard 
to  making  records  or  some  or  my  "Children  Songs"  ror  the  coming  holiday 
season  .  I  will  say  that  I  have  selected  several  or  these  since  coming 
home.  Among  these  are  two  that  I  think  would  he  suitable  ,  provided  you 
care  to  consider  them:  »  When  Papa  Comes  Home  Prom  The  Store"  a  solo, 
and  a  Under  The  Old  Umbrella"  a  duett,  ir  you  care  to  eonsider  the 
suggestion  will  mail  copies,  please  do  not  think  that  I  want  to  run 


your  business  -  admit  that  I  am  a  little  purred  up  over  the  result  or 
my  riat  introduction  through  your  wonderrul  Phonograh. 

' You  notiried  me  some  months  ago  that  you  intended 

to  make  a  record  or  »  There'll  Be  Brighter  Days  Darling  «  I  am 
anxiously  waiting  to  hear  it  . 

Sincerely  Yours,  ^  i,^a  ^ 


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r  COMPOSER  IN  TOWN.  1 

Thos.  P.  Wcstondorf,  of  Chicago, 
who  as  a  Jad  lived  in  Dclavan  for  sov-  1 
oral  years  in  tho  00’s,  was  visiting  in 
town  Tuesday  and  while  hero  made  tho 
“  Republican  office  a  brief  call.  Mr. 


Messrs.  Hehr,  Wurth,  Miss  Sanderson,  Kuhnen  ana  file. 

Blue  Amberol  -  November  Supplement Complete  List,  1916. 
Passed  by  Mr.  Edison. 


Concert 


13198-1  Ernanil  involami  (Ernani)  Alice  Verlet 
13166-2  Tamhourin  Chinois-violin-lMary  Zentay) 


2992 

2993 

2994 

2995 

2996 

2997 

2998 

2999 

3000 

3001 

3002 

3003 

3004 
3006 

3006 

3007 

3008 

3009 

3010 

3011 


13217-2  Arrah  Go  On,  I’m  Gonna  Go  Back  to  Oregon  (B, Murray) 

13233-1  I’ll  Take  You  Home  Again,  Kathleen  (W.Van  Bruit  and  oho. 
13223-2  Sunset  On  the  St.  Laurence  -  Waltz  (Jaudas’  Society  Oroh) 
13213-3  When  That  Little  Yellow  Fellow  Plays  Piano  (Hannah  plays 
Banjo)  Collins  and  Harlan 

13203-1  There’s  a  Garden  in  Old  Italy  (Irving  Kaufman) 

13221-1  Good-hye,  Good  Luck,  God  Bless  You  (Gladys  Rice  and 
Walter  Van  Brunt) 

13226-1  Sundial  (Helen  Clark) 

13224-2  The  Bragon’B  Eye  (Peerless  Orchestra) 

In  Breamy  Spain  (Eliz.  Spencer) 

San  San  Soo  (Geo.  Ballard  and  cho.) 

In  a  Dusty  Caravan  (Walter. Van  Brunt) 

There’B  a  Little  Bahy  Up  In  the  Moon  (I.  Kaufman) 

Home  Sweet  Home  (Betsey  Lane  Shepherd 

I  Sent  My  Wife  to  the  Thousand  Isles  (B.  Murray) 

By  the  Sad  Luana  Shore  -  Step  This  Way  (E.  Spencer  and 
Geo.  W.  Ballard) 

13229-1  I  Surrender  All  (Metropolitan  Quartet)  , 

13230-2  Bantam  Step-Fox  Trot  (Jaudas  Society  Orchestra) 

13234-1  Songs  of  other  Days  #3  -  ifetropolitan  -lixed  chorus 
Valse  Danseuse-Xylophone  (William  Dorn) 

Spring  Bird-Intermezzo  (Sodero  s  Band) 

For  Dixie  and  Unole  Sam  (Geo*  W.  Ballard  and  oho*/ 

The  Two  Key  Rag  (Collins  and  Harlan) 

The  Boomerang  Maroh  (II.  Y.  Military  Band)  ,  > 

She  is  the  Sunshine  of  Virginia  (Walter  Van  Brunt) 
it- t„  j-v-  Makin’s  of  a  Darned  Fine  Man  (Ada  Jones) 

S^ilesf  Thtn  Kissls  -  Waltz  (Waikiki  Hawaiian  Orchestra) 

Swedish  Selections, 

#1  (Swedish  SongB  and  Dano e s ) II . Y . I.Ii lit ar yBand 
#2  ( Sv/edish  Songs  and  DenoesjH.Y.HilitaryBand 


13227-1 

13226-3 

13214-3 

13211-3 

13246-2 

13231-3 

13263-1 


13242-1 

13239-1 

13261-2 

13248-3 

13216-2 


9446  13244-2  Moder  Svea  ■ 

9447  13204-2y  Moder  Svea  • 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison. 

C.C.  Messrs.  W.H.Ivliller,  W.H.A.Cronkite,  C.H.V/ilson, 
Maxwell,  L.  0.  MoChesney,  A.  C.  Ireton,  V.  Stevens, 
B.  Hayes,  K.  R.  Moses,  Conger. 


GHB/AMO. 


3  these  we  will  turn  them 


September  2,  1916. 


Mr.  Leonard: 

1  attaoh  oopy  of  telegram  to  I,Ir.  Kresge 
list  of  Canadian  magazines. 

si*.r.srs:  si  js.'i.ss.8™. 

On  reoord  production,  I  think  the  best  ’ way 

sT^S^fEgSS1- 

of  our  present  equipment. 

_  .  u-r  uovkin's  work  in  connection  with  Edison 

,2i™, *£.“  lSSS » t*S  «.*  m«  «•  ® »« *«•«*•■ 

I  attaoh  hereto  memorandum  concerning  Retime 
your  train  leaves.  You  will  also  note  th^th^ticket 
and  berth  reservations  have  been  made  in 
name. 


Soptomhor  5th.  19X6. 


Us.  v.uitoi*  il.  Uillor ,  taaagor. 

'ihomas  A.  Edison,  xno., 

79  X'iftli  ^vvonuo. 

How  York  City. 


Hoar  lir . .  lllor : 

2 hie  v ill  introduce  to  you  hiss  Virginia  1.  Bean 
of  K1  Pasot  ieras.  Siso  -3oan  is  a  violinist  and  has  boon  in 
correspondence  with  Hr.  Edison  in  regard  to  dicing  records. 

a-.  Edison  ashed  m  to  write  to  her  and  say  that 

iurn. 


a  tonor. 


Hiss  iican  will  ho  accoiapc-n: 
who  would  also  like  to  make 


l  hy  hr.  i. alter  Davis, 
trial  record. 


Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  li r.  Edison. 


130  MY  H  84  ML  J 

T0R0MT0  ONT  SEPT  5-16  2^7  V  / 

THOS  A  EUISOH  ORAMGE  MJ  ^  X- - -""'f 

RESOLVED  BV  MR  PHILLIP  «  LAYTON  OP  LAYTOP!  BROS  MONTREAL  SECONDED  BY 
„r  o  „  CREEP’  OF  THE  0  M  CREEP, E  BUS  1C  CO  PETERBORO  THAT  «E  THE  EDISON 
PHONOCRAPHS  REPRESENTATIVES  o'p  CANADA  ASSEMBLED  AT  CONFERENCE  IN 
TORONTO  SEPT  5  TH  1916.  HEREBY  SEND  OUR  HEARTIEST  CONCRATULAT.ONS  TO 
„R  THOS  A  EDISON  TIE  REALISE  FULLY  CHAT  HIS  ACHIEVES  HA’S  CONE 
FOR  THE  BENEFIT  OF  MANKIND  AND  TRUST  THAT  HE  MAY  BE  SPARED  MANY 
YEARS  TO  CONTINUE  HIS  LIFES  CREAT  VIORK  UNABlNOUSLY  CARRIED. 

THE  R  T  WILLIAMS  AMD  SONS  LTD 


12  AM 


September  6th-  1916. 


Iir.  'Ihos.  P.  western!  orf, 

1919  Michigan  avenue, 
Chicago,  XU- 


hear  ii*.  westendorf: 

Sour  favor  of  tho  30th  ultimo  has  boon  received- 
Hr.  liaison  has  gone  away  on  a  can, ping  trip,  ana  '.ill  not 
return  for  tv;o  or  throe  weeks.  As  soon  as  ho  comes,  X  shall 
la,  your-  letter  before  him.  In  tho  meantime.  I  think  it 
mlBht  be  well  for.  you  to  send  mo  a  few  of  the  children  sones 
that  you  mention  in  your  letter,  so  that  I  may  be  able  tp 
present  thorn  to  hiir.vith  your  lottor- 
■yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  iir.  iidison. 


September  7,  1916. 


Mr.  MoChesney : 

Consequent  upon  the  Buggeetion  made  hy  some 
of  our  dealers  and  hy  Mr.  Baldwin,  that  it  would  facilitate 
the  iwg  of  diBO  reoorde  if  the  reoord  numbers  were 

stamped  on  the  upper  part  of  the  reoord  envelopes,  it  is 
decided  that  while  this  would  not  he  praotioahle,  it  is 
practicable  to  place  at  the  top  of  the  envelope  instead 
of  at  the  bottom,  where  it  now  appears,  the  pasted  label 
whioh  oontains  the  reoord  number. 

therefore,  when  we  plaoe  orders  for  further 
reoord  envelopes,  we  Bhould  make  the  following  changes s 

(1)  On  the  front  of  the  envelope  the  words, 

"EDISON  DIAMOND  DISC  RE-CREATION 
Manufactured  by 

Thomas  A.  EDison,  Ino.,  Orange,  N.  J.t  U.3.A." 
should  be  plaoed  at  the  bottom  of  the  envelope 
where  the  pasted  label  is  now  put. 

(2)  Space  should  be  provided  at  the  top  of  the 
envelope  for  the  pasted  label. 

(0)  Instead  of  printing  the  reoord  number  in  the 
middle  of  the  pasted  label,  as  is  now  done, 
the  reoord  number  should  be  printed  in  eaoh 
of  the  upper  oorners  of  the  paBted  label. 


Mr.  Baldwin  assures  me  that  this  will  greatly 
facilitate  the  handling  of  disc  reoorde  in  the  reoord  stock 
room,  and  will  of  oourse  be  weloomedby  our  dealers. 


WM-AH 


W.  Maxwell 


C.  C.  to  Messrs.  T.  A i  Edison, 

C.  Edison,  Wilson,  Ireton,  Emery 
Baldwin,  Bird. 


TftE  - 


that  the  im- 

§>rovement  is  very  slight  if  there  is  any,  and  knovv- 
to  he  interested  beyond  any  dealer  in  hav¬ 
ing  your  produot  in  the  best  possible  working  order 
I  submit  it  to  you  and  ask  chat  you  notify  me  whe- 
ther  it  oan  be  improved  and  the  cost. 

A  A  3  '4  »  x  I  have  quite  a  large  number  of  Cylinder 

<  'i 

t)*T3  records  and  would  like  to  have  further  use  of  them!' 
impossible. 

j  wj-i-  I  have  recently  puroh.sed  one  of  your  Disc 

<5  4  machines,  and  find  that  among  the  records  I  have  a- 

^  i  ^/^~'quired  from  time  to  time  there  are  a  number  that  axe 
very  rough  and  noisy.  I  accepted  them  at  the  time  of 
j  ^  purchase  because  the  salesman  assured  me  when  I  oall- 
^ed  his  attention  to  the  apparent  defect, that  the  dia- 
md  point  would  polish  the  rough  surface  and  the  grind¬ 
ing  n  oise  would  dissappeax.  This  latter  has  not  matera- 

STlized.  I  have  sinoe  been  assured  that  washing  the  sut- 
e><A- 

.oe  with  castile  soap  would  produce  the  desired  re¬ 
lit,  this  also  has  been  of  no  avail,  and  X  now  come 
headquarters  for  advice. 


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5  7-  VUt^r&Z  &  &FV°  /3*^^-Go^n^ 


The  first  time  i  heard  a  darhy  squawking 
through  rubber  tubes,  X  -.vas  more  repelled  than 
awed.  Whatever  it  was  that  made  the  dar)i’ acceptable 
on  the  stage  was  not  there. 

1  heard  Wet  trass  ini  or.ce  -  in  the  flesh  - 
arc!  was  lifted  clear  out  of  myself.  But  afterwards 
the  same  voice  and  sons;  on  a  talking  machine  v.’ac 
only  the  voice  of  a  machine. 


The  other  day,  X  listened  to  your  new 
Phonograph  in  your” studio  on  Fifth  dvenue.  There 
ease  from  somewhere  the  Glorious  voice  of  a  great 
artist-and  her  soul  was  in  it. 


I  closed  my  eyes  and  was  conscious  of  her  - 
she  was  there  before  me,  singing  to  me;  pouring  into 
her  voice  the  passion  and  tenderness  of  her  heart  and 


Then  a  violinist  played  for  me  -  not  a 
phonograph-violinist  but  a  real  one  -  I  could  almost 
see  the  dreamy,  drooping  head  and  sensitive  fingers. 
The  beauty  of  it  came  right  from  a  black,  ages  old 
Stradivariuo. There  was  no  illusion  -  the  artist 
and  instrument  were  there . 


1919  Michigan  Ave 

Chicago,  Ills. 
9/9/ '16. 


Mr.  V/ffl.  H.  Meadowcroft, 
Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  J. 


My  Dear  Sir:- 

Thanking  you  for 


me  say  that  I  am  sending  you  ,  by  this  mall,  two  of  my 
Children  s  songs  which  I  think  will  make  good  records  for 


the  holiday  season  . 

"When  papa  Gets  Home  i’rom  The  Store",  a 
solo  and  "Under  The  Old  Umbrella*  a  duett  for  boy  and  girl. 

I  have  used  these  in  concert  and  found  them 
very  effective  .  Will  say  that  the  records  could  be  made 
by  a  soprana  and  alto  voice  if  you  are  short  on  the  child 
product.  Distinct  enunciation  is  all  that  is  required. 

Trusting  that  you  will  find  them  acceptable, 


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Ilovcmbor  9.191G. 


llr.  Shoe.  P.  1'cctondorf , 

1919  ilichigon  Avc., 

Chicago,  Ill.  - 

•-  Dour  i_r.  boetondorf: 

I  foel  come  regret  to  bo  obliged 
to  cay.  for  yoiir  Information,  that  tho  two  childron'o 
conge  which  you  cent  did  not  ippreco*  iir.  Duicon  favor¬ 
ably  onough  for  him  to  Ii.vo  them  rocordoA. 

I  have  not  hoard  any  cpccial  roaoons  for 
thia  dociolon,  but  nac  inforraod  of  it  by  the  head  of 
.  our  ihiaio  Department . 

Yours  vory  truly. 


Ausietant  to  Iir.  iidison. 


Telop/tone-^ 


r53  WASHINGTON  STREET 

boston  mass. 


Hr.  Thos.  Edison, 
Orange ,  ;r.  J. 

Hoar  Sir:- 


September  11,10X6. 

.  tl  Cl  d^oU^  ' 


Opcfovd  4392 


.  „  ,■  no,  djuow  — . 


t  ™  eni-hmi •fctine  for  taST  0 onsideratyoa  of  your  experi- 
I  om  submitting  improvement  \ipon  the  present 

mental  department  a  theoretical  improv  re'ord.  x  sm  not  a 

=»-  rSWgjy-^ 

At  Present  f5'U‘J1vw1  LL"^ 

Sound  waves  are^  now  recorded  by  lotting  ttl®TflXvi-»r0- 
unon  a  diagram  wSich  imparts  the  * panics lavement ^vxo.^ 

tlon  too  lav^0^^  entirely  meohnical  Ld  certainly  does  not 
disc.  She  methods  is  eivGireJV  -  qilir  or  composite  wave. 

short  and  rapid  impact.  t0  Xcording  is  equally  true  \ 

0I  «.  ^SUi^1 -f 

t»e 

vniy  —  has  Thomas  Edison  relied  P  0Bb  familiar  with  sympathetic 

Tever  when  the  layman  is  P°£e°rl  violin  strings  pitohW*J^ 

sbss::t  .its  "  I 


in  penecv  ..---  ■--  \  | ,  &V***?'  “"A  ,  f 

me ohanioolly  aotuated.  ^^oordthe  sound  if  merely 

The  graphophona  does  not  reco-u  t  l0  -oaseil  soioly  ' 

records  tl»  ™«o  £&  not  upon  .motliotio 


Theory  of  Reoording 


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So  go  further  suppose  you  have  o  series  —  full  ootave 
with  full  and  half  tones  --  of  delicately  adjusted  very  responsive 
keys  or  reods.  Every  key  is  independently  connected  with  a  source 
of" current  and  independently  connected  with  the  electro  magnetic 
oed  of  the  recording  mo ohino.  She so  roods  complete  and  track  the 
electric  currant  us  they  responsively  vibrate  to  the  note  or  .one 


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tion  in  place  of  mechnioal  vibration  both  in  recording  a] 
ducim-  is  a  matter  of  labrotory  tests.  Diaphrams  may  be 
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in  diameter  might  be  used  —  not  to  vibrate  a  cutting  p< 
vibrate  or  vary  an. electric  current. 


iw  the  response  of  an  elect] 
i  the  most'minute  variation 
principle  to  graphaphones 


electro  magnet  is  ' 


I  ask  your  careful  consideration  and  await  your  reply  oi 
this  subject  that  has  interested  me  very  much. 

I  This  idea  may  bo  worth  money  —  I  need  money  there 

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453  Washington  Street, 
Boston,  Mass. 


Bear  Sir: 


lour  favor  of  the  11th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  has 
been  received.  He  suggests  that  you  go  to  the  Btore  of  one., 
of  the  dealers  in  the  new  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  and  U“ 
hear  several  of  our  records.  In  addition  let  me  say  that 
within  the  last  few  months  we  have  given  a  demonstration  in  p 
a  public  hall  in  Boston  before  an  audience  of  over  750  musicians. 
In  this  demonstration,  singers  and  violinists  played  with'  their 
own  records  on  the  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph,  and  every/ newspaper 
in  Boston  said  the  reproduction  was  so  perfect  that  no  one  could 
tell  whether  the  sound  originated  from  the  artist  or  the  machine 
except  by  watching  the  lips  of  the  singer  or  ’  the  bowing  of  the 
violinist.  V'  1  ,  ; 


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is  not  valuable  so  far  as -we  are  concerned. 

<Ypurs. very  truly, 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  am  pleased  to  note  that  you  and 
John  0.  Burroughs  had  such  a  fine  outing. 

Your  secretary  was  good  enough  to 
send  me  a  print  of  a  little  photograph  made  of  you  at 
Yama  Farms!  I  am  going  to  have  this  enlarged  for  the 
Inn.  I  am  taking  the  liberty  of  sending  you  enlarge¬ 
ments  of  the  one  that  I  made. 

From  a  remark  that  Mrs.  Edison  made, 

I  am  afraid  that  you  or  she  got  an  impression  that  I  am 
interested  in  the  Victor  Talking  Machine  Company.  It  is 
not  correct  as  I  disposed  of  my  entire  interest  -  from  a 
business  stand,  unfortunately.  The  last  transaction! 
had  with  them  was  in  a  very  big  law  suit  which  cost  them 
a  large  amount  of  money. 

Some  of  them  are  good  enough  to  say, 
however,  that  their  business  success  is  partially  due  to 
a  principle  worked  out  by  me  while  I  controlled  the 
Gramaphone  Corporation. 


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They  are  certainly  a  phenomenal  success, 
but  I  really  believe  that  with  your  superior  machine, 
coupled  with  the  great  advantage  of  using  the  name  "Edison 
it  is  possible  to  rival  their  future  success.  The  greatest 
one  influence  attributing  to  their  success  has  been  their 
skillful  advertising,  coupled  with  exclusive  use  of  the 
names  of  many  of  the  great  artists.  But,  if  you  could  get 
some  of  these  artists  to  make  a  record  on  your  machine  and 
have  them  compare  it  with  records  that  they  are  handing 
down  to  posterity  through  the  Victor,  I  b^lev®  y°"  °?^d’ 
by  the  use  of  a  little  diplomacy,  induce  them  to  confine 


September  15th,  1916. 
Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison 


their  efforts  to  yours,  -  the  superior  of  all  talking 
machines. 

Trusting  to  have  the  pleasure  of  seeing 
you  at  Yama  Farms  in  the  near  future  and  with  kindest 
regards  to  Mrs.  Edison,  I  am, 


Sincerely  yours, 


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7  East  40th  Streets  - 
•  Hew  Yerk  City  . 

'  DearSir 

Your  recent  favor  to  Ur.  Edison  was  received, 
and  held  until  his  return  from  a  short  vacation. 

He  wishes  us  to  say  in  reply  that  v;e  might  • 
possibly  he  able  to  make  a  Matrix  from  the  record  you 
mention  and  from  this  Matrix  we.  could  reproduce, the  same 
on  a  hard  indestructible  cylinder .  Of  course,  there  is 
some  risk  about  this,  as  the  original  would  probably  he 
destroyed  in  making  the  matrix,  and  of  course  could  not 
bo  replaced .  Vie  could  not  make  a  disc  re^rd  from  it . 

Yours  very  ®ruly,  ' 
s  Edison  laboratory. 


PHONOG  RAPHS  INC. 


Sept.  19,  1916. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
East  Orange, 


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Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 


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On  or  about  Oot.  15th.  We  expfect^^  j 

to  open  our  new  retail  store  here  in  3  ^,.^1 

You  may  perhaps  be  familiar  with  ^  V 

oorner°of^Ellis  E  Asa  G.O^^  ~ 

This  building  will  be  two  floors  and  /j 
basement  and  we  will  occupy  the  main  floor  *£v 
business.  ^  d1ffienBlonB  are  25  ft.  f%Kejm|.^ 

150  ft.  in  depth.  <^A(  U'^  / 

We  think  that  we  will  have*' onl  of  the 

S  c.fL.ur.  you  that  It  Ul  w  ..  »«  to  Nulpn»rt . 

It  would  be  a  great  honor  to  us  tcPhitve  1  I 

you  pay  us  a  visit  at  our  Opening,  which  willprobably  *e 
some  time  the  first  part  of  November. 

We  hardly  believe  that  you  woufiT^S  /' 

invitation  to  visit  us  during  our  opening.  ( 

If  you  cannot  leave  your  work  in  East 
Oranize  in  person?  may  we  substitute  your  presence  by 
haS'a  letter  from  you  over  your  own  signature?  This 
would^ be  highly  prized  and  we  certainly  hope  that  yo 
will  find  time  to  write  us  a  short  note. 

We  would  also  appreciate  one  or  two 
photographs  of  yourself  with  your  autograph  on  each. 

This  won't  take  bo  much  time  as  getting 
on  the  train  and  coining  away  down  South  to  see  us,  but  will 
be  duly  appreciated. 


PHONOGRAPHS  INC. 


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The  writer1,'  (who  was  formerly 

m  “  f  “S.  Xu7.rC™-« 

I  little  Incident  .Mol.  occnned  to 
you  many  years  ago  in  Bristol. 

I  believe  you  "lived  three  days 
on  a  plug  of  tobacco". 

Bristol  is  not  much  advanced  even 

8aast,sgg^g!Sn 

steak. 

Atlanta  is  quite  a  little  city  and 
we  look  for  great  results  in  the  phonograph  business. 

Wish  you  would  keep  track  of  us  and 

s.-ArMwa’s 

will  "be  very  much  discouraged* 

Business  is  good— the  only  trouble 
we  find  is  shortage  in  records,  which  of  course,  y 
are  familiar  with. 

We  wonder  if  you  realize  what  a 

Saaddema?ihere8  is  ooEta* 

wonderful  musical  instrument. 

We  will  send  you  a  picture  of  the 

ssrJSH'spsr 

we  remain*  with  kind  personal  regards, 

vowr  trulv“. 


It  would  give  me  a  great 
deal  of  pleasure  to  feel  that  you  thought 
enough  of  my  letter  to  reproduce  It  In  your 
magazine  devoted  to  the  Disk  Phonograph. 


I  wonder  If  you  would  care 
to  know  what  prompted  me  to  write  this  letter. 
When  I  experienced  the  really  great  pleasure 
of  listening  to  your  phonograph,  the  first 
thought  that  oome  to  my  mind  was  that  if  the 
public  at  large  could  only  appreciate  Just 
what  your  phonograph  could  mean  in  their  lives; 
that  is  to  say,  if  the  public  could  be  taught 
to  feel  toward  the  phonograph  as  I  was  taught 
to  feel  by  one  demonstration,  the  results 
would  certainly  be  attractel/efrom  a  sales 
stand-point. 


I  do  not  believe  that  the 
public  is  at  all  interested  in  the  phonograph 
as  a  machine  or  even  as  a  triumph  of  scienoe, 
but  it  most  certainly  is  interested  in  its  own 
mental  reactions  and  emotions.  Frankly,  there¬ 
fore,  my  letter  was  in  the  nature  of  an  exper¬ 
iment  to  see  if  I  could  put  words  together  to 
convey  something  of  this  idea. 


Soptembor  25th *1916. 


llr.  Hayes:  ■ 

:.ir.  jJcUBon  wrote  ales  Bean  a  very  one  oar  aging 
letter  cometimo  ago,  and  eha  came  on  all  the  way  iron: 

B1  Paso,  Texas  to  r.iako  some  trial  records. 

'  'Iovl  will  see  that  she  sado  some'  trial  records 
at  79  Fifth  Avenue  last  Friday. 

Is  there  anything  that  we  can  do  to  expedite  this 
matter-  Mis  Bean  came  on  to  How  York  at  considerable  ex¬ 
pense  and  the  matter  ought  to  be  settled,  so  far  as  we  are 
concerned,  so  as  to  relieve  here  anxiety  and  also  herepooket- 
book. 

Will  you  ploase  look  into  this  immediately  and  let 

mo  know. 

.V,'.  iU  aBftDOWCBdPS.  •  •  _ 


September  26th,  1916. 

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-■^3  i  j  L0V  your  achievement  in  truly  re-creating  mueic  has  led  to  my  exprwf- 

^e?ng  tactically  my  approval,  by  again  ordering  an  Edison  DtawndW- 
f?  fc>  •  for  a  mueic  loving  family— as  a  gift.  I  think  this  ia  the  £2Sjk  £  have 
P  <3  «  Either  captured  customers  for, or  presented  where  it  was  desired  hut 
^attainable.  C  I  pieced  two  while  at  our  summer  home  at  Ogunquit, 

t  1  ?3M  W'ldiocna.at  Ogunquit.was  deemed  a  delight  by  many  villagers.who 
_  ■%-$  «nnenBd  their  windows  and  came  onto  their  porcheB  when  our  music  came 
floating  down  to  them, from  our  Thrushwood  Hill.  I  used  to  throw  OP™ 

^  l  ^everything, swing  the  instrument  around  facing  the  village  “  we  over- 
,  V  4  ^look  and  then  give  the  world  a  concert-beginning  with  an  orchestral 
i  \  ^  1^5effect,then  chorussee, light  opera, solos  by  our  best  galaxy  of  stars, 

V  f  X  x,  $and  then  "Spaldings  inspired  bow”, nearly  always  ending  with  A  Perfect 
Si?  3  Wa  haVe  had  thanks  and  thanks— instead  of  a  threatened  law-suit 

VJ  4  galled  out  by  the  noise  of  a  wiroy  talking  machinel  Indeed, I  am  going 

T3^^°  ^8° of  thetfavo£ites°is  80319-1  Hea?Ypu  Calling  Me.  This  record  . 
TS^S^s  a  marvel  of  beauty.  Miss  Sponcer  is  at  her  best.  I  have  also  this  ! 

4  JS  1  song  as  a  solo  sung  by  John  McCormick— but  it  is  a  shameful  travesty  v 

on  his  real  voice.  I  sometimes  put  it  y«ur^«oor. i^^ 


Hear  You  Calling  Me.  Thio  i 


?  song  aaTsolo  sung  by  John  McCormick— but  it  is  a  shameful  travesty  \ 
on  his  real  voice.  I  sometimes  put  it  on, directly  after  your  record,  v 
just  to  show  my  audience  the  difference  in  true  tone  reproduction.  One 
listener  said,- "Thank  God  I  have  not  bought  the  Victrola  as  I  had  in- 

t<inOf4"I  hear  yo/calling  me"  I  wish  to  ask  if  there  is  any  way  for  me 
to  obtain  copies  of  your  arrangement  of  it.  My  personal  friend.^ydney 
Lloyd  Wrights on, is  Musical  Director  of  the  Church  of  the  Advent,  at 
Washington  Ho  heard  your  record  of  "Dear  Spirit, lead  me  last  year 
b  ordered  a  h^dred^opies  for  his  choir  It  ,sadta  notable  success 
\  When  at  our  bungalow  the  first  thing  Mr.Wrightson  asks  for  is  to  hear 
\  that__re c ord'T- tfsf_he~ wishe s  very  much  to  Eet.it  he  can, the  score  of  your 
VrrT“r7ar  vou  calling  mei^in  order  to  have  hie  choir  sing  it, ax  ter  i 

wiehos  about  100  copiee  for  this  purpose. 

/  Wh°Mr!v?rightaony being  a  profeosional  vocalist  and  teacher  and  eh°dr 
/  manager, with  hundreds  coming  under  hie  influence  2v%-  n 

/  have  at  his  studio  a  labratory  EdiBon  and  a  good  library,  but  I  happen 
i  to  know  why  ho  cannot  now  afford  tho  outlay.  His  having  an  Edison 
I  (with  his  enthusiastic  nature, and  his 

/  instrument  that  does  "as  advertised",)  would  be  of  wide  practical 
i  buoinees  value  to  the  Edison  cause.  Under  thece  circumBtancoB,  could 
any  special  arrangement  be  made  by  which  his  investment  might  b®  “*d® 
leos^han  regular  rates, -so  that  he  might  feel  warranted  in  making  the 

\  purehaaeIC  Believe  mo, I  would  not  suggest  this  unless  sure  that  i| 

\  would  be  "good  bueinees"  for  the  Edison  Co. jay  I  have  been  so  active 

\  ^  promoting  interest  in  The  Edison,!  ^rtfl^ldUk  to  he?p 
\  of  discount, as  F.H. Thomas  Co.will  bear  out,  btft  I  would  like  to  h  ip 
Awrightson  to  get  an  instrument  on  terms  hg^gan  afford. 

Sincerely  youxg^ 

’  Mr.Thos  A. Edison. 


m'Kiiski.inaroD  a.  wnixnro 

BLHVBK  STATUS  STJKISIET 
JFKAMIIWSHIAM  CENTISK 


sure  that  it  will  interest  you  to 
hear  that  at  the  new  MuBeum  of  Art 

in  Cleveland, whore  the  New  Edison 

is  installed, Director  Whiting  re¬ 
ports  a  wonderful  success.  Two  Sun¬ 
days  ago  when  the  attendance  at  the 
Boston. MuBeum  was  reported  as  750, 
the  attendance  at  the  Cleveland  Mu¬ 
seum  was  over  8,500.  On  the  day  of 
closing  the  first  (inagural)  exhi¬ 

bition  tho  attendance  was  8, 985, and 
the  total  since  June  6th  actually 
over  191.0001 

My  eonifc  dream  of  "people-icing" 
his  museum  has  materialized. 

The  Edison  is  to  illustrate  talks  on 
music  and  various  oomposers,illuB  - 
trated  by  your  Re-creative  wonder. 
Mrs. Whiting  is  an  excellent  vocal¬ 
ist,  a  charming  speaker, and  her  lit- 
adventurea  among  the  great  compos¬ 
ers,  followed  by  your  records  of  the 
composer's  best  work,will  be  fasci¬ 
nating  and  instructive.  The  exact 
plan  is  not  yet  perfected, but  along 
these  lines, is  what  I  have  suggested. 
Mr. Edison, when  you  and  Mrs. Edison  are 
at  Cleveland, surely  visit  this — the 
most  beautiful  Art  Museum  in  this 
country, and  do  not  fail  to  ask  for 
my  son,and  namesake. 


"GREATER  JONESBORO" 

Chamber  of  Commerce 


Jonesboro.  Ark. September  26th, 1916. 


^  ^*V 


Mr .  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  II.  J. 

My  .dear  Mr,  Edison; - 

I  believe  you  Trill  be  interested  in  the 
following;- - 


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In  Wy  work  of  re-organizing  the  Chamber 
of  Commerce  here  a  number  of  meetings  have  been 
held  at  which  good  audiences  have  been  gathered. 
At  a  recent  meeting  in  one  of  the  lodges  here  I 
discovered  one  of  the  members  had  brought  his  Ed¬ 
ison  Diamond  Disc  instrument,  and  upon  informing 
them  of  the  recitals  I  had  given  for  you  we  gave 
an  informal  recEital,  .-  ;The  results  were  the  same 
as  at  all  functions  where  your  excellent  instru¬ 
ment  appears.  I  was  able  to  give  them  consider¬ 
able  enlightenment  upon  its  real  position  in  the 
musical  world. 


TV i th  kind  personal  regards,  X  remain, 


Yours  very  truly. 


pfm/et 


The  Wonderful  Edison  Diamond  Disc 
Phonograph 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., 


Gentlemen:^"-' 


,w .'months  ago  X  wrote  you  regarding  a  devioe  that  I  had 
perfected  that  insured  a  constant,  uniform  speed  for  /an 
"^electrically  driven  phonograph. 
would  like  a  model,  or  drawings  of  the  devioe.  Since  then 
rWve  constructed  a  model  and  given  it  a  thorough  test. 
Mr.  Silzer,  8f  Harger  &  Blish,  saw  my  model  and,,  !  under- 
etand,  has  had  some  communication  with  Mr«  Maxwell  rexa* 
tive  to  same.  / 

3  model,  as  Mr.  Silzer  will  tell  you,  works  beautifully. 
The  electric  motor  can  be  run  at  any  speed,  so  long  as  it 
does  not  drop  below  the  required  speed  of  the  governor 
shaft, but,  the  record  speed  remains  absolutely  uniform. 

Figures  1,2  &  3  of  the  enclosed  drawings  illustrate  a  pre- 
fered  form  of  the  principal  that  I  use;  that  is,  for  a 
phonograph.  Should  you  care  to/try  it  out,  I  would  be  glad 
to  have  you.  As  you  will  see/' it  is  a  very  simple  thing  to 
make.  On  a  Beperate  sheet  I- will  make  a  few  suggestions) 
that  may  be  of  Borne  assistance,  in  case  you  oare  to  con¬ 
struct  one  for  experimental  purpose. 

Should  you  deoide  thiit  the  device  has  merit,  X  would  be 
glad  to  communicate  further  with  you» 


: . 


By  the  enclosed  drawings,  Jigs.  1,2  &  3.  i*  will  be  seen 
that  there  is  no  attempt  made  to  oontroll  the  speed  of 
the  electric  motor.  Sufficient  power, only, 
it  to  run  the  phonograph.  The  motor  is  allowed  to  run,  # 
practically, idle. 

DiBC  #7  should  he  made  of  a  good  tough  bronze. 


Part  #4-  should  he  undercut,  ns  shown  in  fig. 2, to  insure 
oil  retention. 

tv,,  ii.i  ,.i  ^ir  serines  #10  should  differ  in  form  from  those 

Sj.SgiS  S 'SS  d5!lS.  A  form  siaelar  «  th.t  mu- 

tratetC hy  the  pencil  sketch  below  is  preferable. 

After  well  oiling  the  springs  #10,  put  only  sufficient 
tention  on  the  springs  to  safely  run  the  governog  and  turn¬ 
table.  ■ 

The  governor  shoes  should  he  of  some  firm  material.  Ivory 
prefered. 

For  illustration,  if  the  governor  requires  « 

1200  R.P.M.;  use  a  motor  with  a  normal  speed  of  about  1600 
R.P.M.  The  difference  in  the  two  speeds  is  taken  care  of 
By  a  slippage  between  the  springs  10  and  disc  7. 

It  can  readily  he  seen  that^  governor  does  £°7" 

era  the  motor;  this, of  course,  eliminates  motor  heating. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


■  October  6,  191G 


Ur*  £•  llopkins, 

c/o  Hopkins  &  Kitty, 

Dubuque,  Iowa. 

Dear  Sir: - 

Your  favor  of  the  <i'Gth  ultimo  was  forwarded 
to  the  laboratory./  You  state  thatyou  wroto  ns  soao 
months  ago  regarding  a  device  for  insuring  a  cons  bant, 
uniform  speed  for  an  electrically  drivon- phonograph. 
You  state  in  your  lotier  that  you  hacl  a  reply  from  us 
to  the  effect  that  wo  would  like  a  model 'or  drawings 
of  the  dovico.  .  • 

\'e  have  boon  unablo  to' 'find  a  copy  of  the  _ 
letter  which  was  written  to  you  from  bore  on  this  cub- 
ioct,  and  wo  would  bo  much  obliged  if  you  will  kindly 
have  a  copy  rat-do,'  including  the  signature,  and  send'  it 
to  mo,  so  that  the  wiiblo  jnatter  can  bo  taken:  up  intel¬ 
ligently  at  this,  ena. 

Yours  truly. 


Assistant  to  hr..  Helicon. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


The  Wonderful  Edison  Diamond  Disc 
Phonograph 


HOPKINS  <3i  WITTY 
Jewelers 


')  V-r  v.rgPBUQ^.  low// 

J*  ,,  ^‘Oct^er  9.  1916. 


lir.  Wto.  H.  Meadowcroft, 
%  Thomas  A,  Edison  Inc., 
Orange,  H.  J. 


the  latter  part  of  ’  th  t  was  Uy.  Leeming  who  sign- 

•^“S^^fcrrss.*a!ss^ 

ceiving  it. 

they  would  give  it  consideration. 

Hoping  that  this t^KT^ill^wer  your  purpose,  I  remain, 


Very  truly  your 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


October  12th,1916. 


Ur.  Edison! 

Ur.  Hopkins  Electric  Phonograph  patent  relates'  only 
to  a  slip  coupling  between  motor  and  phonograph  mechanism. 

Fig.  3  on  his  drawing  shows  construction.  -  Namely  2 
apring^io)  on  motor  shaft  whte  h  bear  on  a  hub(#e)  on  Governor 
Shaft  and  transmit  power  from  motor  to  governor  and  phono. by 
reason  of  the  friction .between  springs  #10  and  Hub  #8 

Fig.  5  showes  another  form  of  friction  coupling  similar 
to  a  multi  disc  clutch  used  on  Auto's. 

Some  months  ago  I  investigated  hi3  idea,  but  turned  it 
down  as  I  am  sure  that  this  drive  would  not  be  practical  because 
of  the  great  variation  in  power  transmitted  on  account  of  difference 
as  in  friction  between  springs  and  hub,  due  to  wear  anil  changes  in 
lubrication,  etc. 

Friction  drive  is  rather  uncertain  at  best,  and  especially 
SO  in  a  case  like  this  where  a  large  amount  of  slip  is  allowed. 

JPCiUSH 


U»A  '""I  “",3 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Octobor  16,  1916. 


Hopkins  6  bitty, 

Dubuouo,  lore . 


Gentlemen : 

Beforring  to  your  favor  of  tho  26th  iiltimo, 
with  which  you  submitted  drawings  of  your  speed  control 
for  on  dec trie ally  driven  xhonogragn,  x  bog  to  lepoi. 
that  tho  matter  was  brough  to  rne  attention  of  -d_^on, 
Who  r  of  or  rod  it  to  our  JJnginoorine  Department  ror  rnvec  li¬ 
gation. 

According  to  tho  report  from  that  Popartmont, 
oui-  iioginoors  liave  decided  arums  b  Uuo  iaeo.  o_ /dri -ing 
through  a  friction  because  they  cay  that  after  a  long 
series  of  tests  made  by  thorn  it  has  shown  that  this 
method  is  not  roliable- 

.  Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  Hr.  Bdisc 


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Suroicaj-  aimd  Photo,  Supplies 
fliai'noiflcAw. 

Tacoma.Waah.  Sept  37,  1916. 


Mr.  Win.  H.  Meadoworoft, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 


Mr.  Eetler  has  already  written  you 
in  reference  to  the  subject  matter  of  this 
letter,  but  we  thought  we  might  add  a  word 
also. 


One  of  our  very  great  friends, 

Mrs.  MacClellan  Barto,  who  has  a  very  fine 
eoparno  voice,  has  been  greatly  interested 
to  know  whether  her  voice  is  suitable  for 
recording  purposes.  She  has  taken  a  great 
interest  in  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph 
since  we  started  in  this  business  a  year  ago, 
and  any  courtesies  shown  her  in  this  connection 
will  be  very  greatly  appreciated  by  the  under¬ 
signed. 


We  shall  await  with  interest  the 
outcome  of  her  visit  to  the  laboratory,  and 
thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  attention  shown 


Mrs.  Barto,  we  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 


SHAW  SUPPLY. ^COMPANY 


HDS-KDE 


'  vJ®'t^aC0“a»  Wa8h- 


Sept  37,  1916. 


^•L  „ 


Mr.  jfm.'  H.  Meadowcroft, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 


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1  trust  you  will  pardon  me  for  taking 
the  liberty  of  giving', Mrs.  MacClellan  Barto,  of  this  City, 


r' 


letter  of  introduction  to  you. 

Mrs.  Barto  is  gifted  with  a  fine  soprano 
and  she  is^very  desirous  of  knowing  whether  or  not, 
her  voice  is  qualified  for  recording,  and  has  asked  me  for 
a  letter  to  some  one  at  the  laboratory,  who  would  perhaps 
take  the  interest  to  arrange  an  interview  with  Mr.  Edison 
or  Mr.  Miller,  in  charge  of  the  Recording  Department,  for 
that  purpose.  In  compliance  with  her  request  I  have  taken  the 
responsibility  of  directing  her  to  you.  The  Shaw  Supply 
Company,  Edison  Dealers,  here  in  Tacoma,  are  greatly 
interested  in  Mrs.  Barto,  and  I  know  whatever  interest  you 
may  take  in  this  matter,  will  be  much  appreciated  not  only 
by  the  Shaw  Supply  Company,  but  by  Mrs.  Barto  and  myself. 

Mrs.  Barto  expects  to  present  herself 
at  the  laboratory  sometime  during  the  week  of  October  9th, 
and  I  will  thank  you  for  any  courtesies  you  may  extend  her. 

With  my  very  best  wishes  to  you,  I  am, 
Very  respectfully  yours, 

c/o  Shaw  Supply  Co  y, 

Tacoma,  Wash,  f 


AEE-KDE 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


%v?rurJ  (Sd/Avrs/, 


October  9,  1916. 


Mr.  W.  H.  Miller, 

79  ffifth  Aye., 

New  York  City. 


Dear  Mr.  Miller: 


ThiB  will  introduce  to  you  Mrs. 
MacClellan  Barto  of  Tacoma,  Washington,  a  soprano 
Binger. 


Mr.  Edison  would  like  to  have  you  take 
a  disc  trial  record  of  her  voice  and  send  it  over 
to  him  so  that  he  may  hear  it. 

As  Mrs.  Barto  is  to  be  in  town  only  two 
weeks,  will  you  please  give  this  your  immediate 
attention  so  that  she  may  hear  from  us  before  she 
goes  away. 


Yours  very  truly. 
Assistant  to  Mr, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Mr.  Meadowcroft:- 

Xn  regard  to  the  attached  letter  introducing  Mrs. 

Barto  wish  to  add  that  we  have  made  a  teat  record  hy  her,  hut 
I  do' not  think  the  results  shown  are  anywhere  good  enough  to 
warrant  showing  it  to  Mr.  Edison.  Her  voice  is  weak  and 
covered  and  she  has  a  had  shake.  Inasmuch  as  she  is  waiting 
in  New  York  to  hear  a  report  of  the  test  I  thought  it  best  for 
you  to  advise  her  that  we  could  not  get  permission  from  Mr. 
Edison  or  our  Committee  to  record  records  by  her.  J  you 
wish  to  do  this,  her  address  i.  #58  -  8th  St..  Hoboken,  N.  J. 

I  will  Bave  the  test  record  until  I  hear  trim  you. 


Tip 


The  Phonograph  Company  of  Detroit 


TOR 


6  WOODWARD  A 
DETROIT 

Sept.  28,  1916.  /  . _  -y 

QdLjJt  &<#&£■  7 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^ ^  yj 

Orange,  H.J.  -  ^ 

Dear  I Sr.  Edison: 

Vfe  are  holding  a  Convention  of  all  tho 
Dealers  in  this  Zone  at  Detroit,  Thursday,  October  5th. 

Naturally  v,e  would  be  greatly  honored  to  have  you  with 
us.  I  presume  however,  that  you  will  be  prevented  from 
coming  Host.  If  this  is  so,  I  would  greatly  appreciate 
it  if  you  would  give  me  a  short  message  to  read  to  the 
Dealers  at  the  banquet,  which  follows  the  Convention. 

Very  sincerely  yours. 


Li 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


September  25,  1916, 


I  believe  these  Conventions  of  Dealers 
are  good  things.  Give  my  best  wishes  to  all  of  your 
Dealers. 

The  Disc  Record  situation  is  now  very  satis¬ 
factory.  We  are  commencing  to  make  inroads  on  “h®  ... 
back  orders  for  catalog  numbers.  The  ' *  the  E 
better  all  w#  the  time.  You  have  probably  noticed  the 
more  brilliant  tone  of  the  records  made  by  the  new 
technique.  This  increased  brilliancy  is  due  to  the 
fact  that  the  surface  on  the  new  records  permits  even 
the  faintest  overtone  to  be  heard. 

Tell  your  Dealers  that  they  don't  need  to 
worry  about  the  supply  of  records.  If  ^  *°in_ 

worry  about  anything,  let  them  worry  about  getting  in  _ 
struments  this  fall.  We  are  doing  our  15 t^Aave*  trouble 
people  who  hold  off  too  long  are  likely  to  have  trouble 
in  getting  all  they  need. 

We  are  noticing  a  very  big  r^ival  in  the 
Cylinder  business,  and  the  Diamond  Affi^ola  “S6*® 
something  that  deserves  the  attentypof  all  of  your 
Dealers.  !|r  .  .- - 


iBiiurti  uf  Etatalimi 


vibrat.  ioi|jm  these  lines  from  the  source!  of  sound  to  the  ear¬ 
drum  are  perfect,  as  the  medium  of  transmission  is  air;  but 
v/e  may  well  suppose  that  in  the  phono/rraphthe  record  of  inden¬ 
tations  on  the  cylinder  caused  liy  the  stylusis  more  or  less 
imperfect,  and  thus  tending  to  a  want  of  clearness  and  purity 


(Bimrft  nf  Ebiiratimi 


(Dflirrrn 


W  FARR,  President 
D  HEIDE 

Ohalrmnn  Finance  Committee 
0  WEBSTER 

Chairman  Teachers  and  Discipline 


F.  KEARNEY.  Chm.  Supplies 


maqunkfta  ptlilir  g>rljwils 

R.  M.  STOOKEY.  Superintendent 


C.  W.  FARR,  President 

D.  A.  FLETCHER,  Secretary 
J.  C.  BLESSING,  Treasurer 


Maquoketa,  Iowa,. 


191 _ 


when  reproduced. 

It.  seems  to  ine  the  wax  phonograph  record  should  receive  the 
vibrations  caused  by  the  voice  or  other  source  of  sound  in  the 
manner  the  ear  does,  that  is,  not  limited  to  the  reception  and 
production  of  one  line  of  vibrations,  as  it  now  is,  but  have 
several  in  parallel,  the  lines  of  indentation  thus  ,  as  it 
were  helpinp  each  other,  possible  tlef ic ienc ies  in  one  line 
not  beinn  likely  to  occur  in  the  other  lines  at  the  same  dis¬ 
tance  of  indentation  from  the  source. 

This  could  be  done  by  having  two,  three  or  four  or  perhaps 
more  needles  on  the  back  of  the  vibrating  plate  of  the  trans¬ 
mitter  placed  side  by  side  thus  .... 

Tt  may  well  be  that  you  have  tried  this  all  out  and  have 
found  there  is  no  merit  in  it.  I  wish  T  had  the  facilities  9-> 
for  trying  the  experiment  myself. 

Tf  the  above  arrangement  is  found  to  improve  the  sound  riven 
out  ,  of  course  the  reproducing  record  would  have  to  be  con¬ 
siderably  increased  in  size  whether  disk  or  cylinder  and  the 
reproducing  stylus  made  to  follow  the  two,  three  or  more  lines 
of  indentations. 

Yours  Kospectfully , 


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October  2nd  1916 


Ur.  "homes  A.  Edison, 
Llewellyn  Perl, 

.Vest  Orange,  II..' « 


My  deer  Sir: 

Recently  my  voice  was 
reproduced  on  one  of  your  cylinder 
re producing  machines  a.nd  innsmuch  fS 
the  same  was  said  to  be  quite  success¬ 
ful,  although  the  facilities  wore 
verv  crude,  I  am  writing1  to  inquire 
if  voii  would  kindly  grant  me  an  oppor¬ 
tunity  for  a  voice  trial  on  your 
regular  disc  machine. 


I-ly  voice  is  a  "drum-tic 
sourtno".  I  hive  studied  four  years 
Mid  am  studying  at  the  are  sent  time. 

I  hr  ve  a  singing  knowledge  of  Italian 
and  Oerman  and  am  now  taking  up  -renen 
I  might  add  that  I  r 


in 


, .  _  i  doing  solo  work 

i  Hast  0 range  church. 


Awaiting  your  renly, 
Very  truly  yours , 

SOS  Pe shine  Avenue. 

Rev, ark,  Row  Jersey. 


"  P^VHfQUACkENBUSH, 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  J. 


Dear  Sir: 

X  will  introduce  myself  by 


5,  UCt-AT*--  . 

5  ^ 

_  _ _ _ _  „ _ _ that  /I  /  \  -f.  *  !-  - 

I  am  the  Repair  Man,  who  looks  after  the  V  nAttJ 

EdiBon  Phonographs  sold  by  Quaokenbush  &  Co'J,  ,  ( 

of  Patereon,  H.  J.  002-  /  J 

ffe  make  a  praotioe  of  regular  inspeotionB 

and  in  my  oalling,  I  get  many  oriticlsms  and  -  /S 

suggest  ions  from  owners.  The  most  frequent  (Hvxj.Ov 

1b  in  reference  to  an  adjustable  stop  whioh  J 

is  positive  and  easily  adjusted  to  suit  the 

varying  langth  of  the  playing  time  of  records. 

These  suggestions  have  oaused  me  to  think  out 
ana  experiment  with  types  of  adjustable  Btopsv-'' 
suitable  for  your  instrument  and  I  have  made -''one 
that  operates  perfectly  ana  is  easily  adjusted. 

I  would  deem  It  a  great  favor  if  you  would  grant 
me  the  privilege  of  an  Interview  to  examine  and 
try  out  my  devioe.  \ 

A  reply  at  your  earliest  convenience  would-be 
appreciated. 

Thanking  you  for  the  privilege,  I  am. 

Very  truly  yours 

c. 


ERB:m 


powder  blank  department  of  the  Disc  Record  Manufacturing 
Division  who  are  not  subject  to  the  bonus  have  as  dirty  work 


to  perform  and  often  work  requiring  greater  skill  and  intel¬ 


ligence  are  paid  much  less  than 
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Presen L  rate 

Workers  -  $.20  first  six  months) 

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s  proposed: 


New  rate 

(  $.27£  first  three  months 
■  (  .30  3  to  6  months 

(  .32*  over  6  " 

.35  -  .40 
.40  -  .50 


As  the  oest  men  have  oeen  chosen  for  foremen  and 
Bub-foreineiv  it  is  not  right  that  the  piece-workers  should 
make  so  much  more  money  than  they. 

Some  of  these  men  have  held  on  patiently  a.ao  worked 
faithfully  for  a  long  time  feeling  that  tneir  services  would 
be  properly  recognized  when  the  disc  record  should  become  a 
paying  proposition. 

While  'Some  of  the  increases  appear  Loo  large  or  too 
sudden  at  first  sight,  and  possibly  a  measure  of  satisfaction 
could  be  obtained  by  a  smaller  increase  now,  I  believe  it 
will  be  good  policy  to  give  them  what  they  know  their  work 
is  worth,  ungrudgingly,  and  receive  the  lull  appreciation 
and  hearty  co-operation  it  will  surely  bring. 


X 


The  following  is  a  list  of  all  above  th«  workers 
who  will  benefit. 

7515  J.  Christie,  sub-fo reman  driers,  employed-  12-16-13,  3.30-.35 
7567  ff.  Linsig,  ’  "  "  grinders,  "  3-11-16,  .25-. 35 

751/1  3.  Kills,'  foreman  "  12-22-02,  .35-.  45 

822V  R.  Kane,  night  inspector  "  7-23-16,  .30-. 35 

7595  V7.  Greenhalgh,  sub-foreman  on  units,  •'  10-24-13,  .35-. 40 

7557  1.'.  Oeleallen,  "  "  on  presses,"  7-27-15,  .  30- .  35 

7504  R.  Lombardo,  "  *  on  grinders,"  10-23-14,  .30-. 35 

7506  J.  0 arruthers,  "  "  on  driers,  "  1-13-15,  .30-. 35 

7501  h.  Spah'Le,  foreman  "  S~  7-03,  .35-.  45 

8310  J.  Crook,  day  inspector  "  6-22-16,  .30-. 35 

8208  Lavin,  sub-foreman  on  presses,"  4-14-14,  .30-. 35 

7554  J.  Harrison,  "  -  on  units,  "  7-39-13,  .35-. 40 

8348  F.  Kunkel,  chief  inspector,  "  3-  5-14,  .35-, 40 

B.  H..  Knight,  Asst.  Supt.  and  Chemist,  "  4-27-14 

The  total  co st  of  the  above  increases  in  wages  will  be 
under  350.00  per  day.  While  the  revision  of  wage  scale  is  more 
imperative  in  powder  blank  department,  and  increases  needed  are 
greater  arid  more  general,  there  is  much  to  be  done  in  other 
departments  of  the  disc  record  plant. 

Very  reepeqtfully, 


W.  '.v.  Dinwiddle. 


fJoasrs.  J.  J.  Riloy  and  !,.  17.  EoChesnoy: 

!.5r.  Edison  has  protaisod  :'/r.  John  11.  Finlay  of  the  University 
of  the  State  of  flow  York  to  supply  a  Diamond  1)1  ao  Phonograph  with 
suitable  records  and  a  Projecting  Machine  with  suitable  filme  for 
use  at  a  conference  at  their  TJnlvorsity  Convocation  on  the  spoken  7/ord 
and  tho  pictured  word,  to  he  hold,  I  presume,  in  the  Educational 
Building,  Albany,  Ji.  '£. ,  on  October  20th.  Mr.  lieadowcroft  has 
•written  Or.  Finlay  confirming  this  agreement  by  Mr. ‘Edison. 

Dr.  Finlay  adviseB  that  the  date  of  tho  moating  is  the 
20th  of  October,  but  tho  Convocation  opens  on  tho  19th,  and  we 
should  arrange  to  nave  tho  machines  in  place  by  that  time. 

Ur.  Keadoworoft  has  nloo  advised  Dr.  Finlay  that  wo  would 
send  demonstrators  or  operators  for  both  tho  phonograph  and  motion 
picture  apparatus  and  that  tho  next  thing  we  wanted  to  know  from 
him  would  bo  the  addrosD  to  which  the  apparatus  is  to  be  sent  and  that 
if  he  would  adviue  mo  I  would  see  that  proper  instructions  are  given 
to  have  it  shipped  to  tho  proper  address,  also  that  tho  demonstrators 
or  operators  would  bo  on  hund  in  time  to  set  tho  muohinoo  up  and  have 
them  ready  for  operation  by  tho  desired  time. 

I  am  Bonding  you  thiu  information  in  order  that  Mr.  Riley 
oan  at  onoe  arrange  to  have  a  phonograph  and  suitable  reoords  and  Mr. 
MoChosney  a  projecting  machine  and  euitable  film  ready  for  shipment 
just  as  soon  as  I  receive  tho  addreBB  to  whloh  they  are  to  he  shipped 
frdm  Dr.  Finlay,  also  so  that  hoth  Mr.  Riloy  and  Mr.  MoChesney  oan 
arrange  to  have  a  demonstrator  or  operator  go  to  Albany  in  time  to 


(2) 


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sat  the  maohinos  up  proparly  and  demonstrate  and  operate  thorn  during 
the  mooting. 

I  think  both  of  you  will  understand  the  olaso  of  subjects 
to  be  domonetrated  at  this  mooting,  but  if  there  Is  any  doubt  in 
your  minds  and  you  will  confer  with  Mr.  iieadoworoft  ho  con  perhaps 
tell  you  wiiut  would  be  most  suitable. 

If  thore  is  anything  you  do  not  understand  in  connection 
with  this  matter,  xileaso  got  in  touoh  with  me  immediately,  as  in 
order  to  have  the  apparatus  there  on  tho  ISth  no  grout  amount  of 
time  can  bo  lost. 

COT/ISI?  °*  11  *  /^4on‘ 


CO  to  Mr.  Moadoworoft. 


L.  w.  Mo: 

Better  send 


if  possible. 


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October  11th, 191 6. 


Hr,  J.  p.  Constable, 
CHIEF  ENGINEER. 


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change 8 


Tests  made  on  Electric  Phono' 
line  voltage.  _  . 


No.  4  on  A.  C. 
106-111-106-etc. 
110-115-110-etc. 


Pitch  changes. 

Just  noticeable 
Slightely  more  noticeable 


b  for  effect  of  sudden 


Speed  . 

79- 80-79 

80- B1-J-80 


From  above  test  I  concluded  that  sudden  changes  of 
plus  or  minus  five  (5)  volts  were  not  objectionable  except  perhaps  to  a 
tained  ear.  The  change  is  scarcely  perceptible  unless  made  during  a 
sustained  note.  105-115-105  the  change  in  pitch  is  objectionable,  there  i 
a  Change  in  speed  of  2  to  ^  r.p.m. 


No.  5  on  A.C.  Pitch  changes 

105-110  Results  about  same  as  No. 4 

110-115  Slightly  more  noticeable. 


^77—78 

78-79-1/8  (?) 


The  conclusions  to  be  reached  are  same  as  No  .4  -  On 
sustained  comet  notes  changes  are  noticeable-on  ordinary  tempo,  hardly 
perceptible.  Not  objectionable  unless  frequent  changes. 

A  slight  change  in  pitoh  equivalent  to  speed  changes 
necessarily  maintain  but  unless  repeated  at  froouent  intervals  are  not 
objectionable. 


No.  2  on  A.  0. 

less 

110-116 

107-115 

pitoh. 

change. 


Speed. 

Results  were  about  3ame  tho  speed  changes  were  apparently 

77  plus  to  78  -  les3  than  1  r.p.m. 

77  to  78  plus  -  1  to  l£  r.p.m. 

Changes  of  8  to  10  volts  caused  objectionable  changes  in 
Limits  are  plus  and  minus  6  from  normal  for  sudden 


No.  6  on  P. 
119-114 


_C> 


Speed. 

Change  in  speed  78  -  77  plus. 

Change  in  pitoh  very  slight  not  objectionable 


comet 


110-119  too  much  -  objectionable  tho  speed  changes  only  about  1  to  l"i  r.p.m. 
Again  5  volts  plus  or  minus  seems  to  be  unobjectionable. 


No.  3  on  D.C. 

119-110 

115-120 


Speed. 

Change  in  speed  2  r.p.m.  -  Pitoh  change 
Change  in  pitoh  more  noticeable  than  on 


other  machines. 


Ho.  1  on  D.  0.  ■ 

120-115  Change  in  speed  76k  -  77a  r.p.ra.  Change  in  pitch 

about  same  as  No. 3 

120-110  Change  in  pitch  too  much. 


General  Concluaion. 

i - 

|  ic  sudden  line  volt  changes. pIub  or  minus  5  volts  from  normal, 

'  there  is  a  slight  change  in  pitch.  In  my  opinion  these  changes  are  not 
objectionable  except  perhaps  to  a  trained  musical  ear  to  which  a  change 
of  pitch  is  like  a  discord.  I  do  not  thihk  that  thechanges  would  be 
objeotioi&ble  to  the  average  user  unless  repeated  jStT  frequent  intervals  - 
Constantly  changing  voltage  (of  frequent  period)  ai?e  objectionable  in  any 
case  but  1  doubt  would  ever  be  encountered. 


THE  WRIGHTSON  SUMMER  SCHOOL  OF  SINGING 


SYDNEY  LLOYD  WRIGHTSOI 


October  11 th. 1916. 


Thomas  A.Edison  Esq. 
Orange. 

New  Jersey. 


A*  Wi  Uun  Ylfl 

*atw  ^ 


>»■»  s^n«p3sr- » 

Jr^cCA  nS+*4-*'**H  L*  \  3  w<nJC 

le  a  letter  addressed  to  cjur  mutual 


friend  Mr. Frederic  A.  Whiting  of  Framingham  Center, Mass. dated 
Sept. 1st. 1915, stating  that  at  any  time  I  came  to  New  York  you 
would  make  a  trial  record  of  my  voice.  I  mention  this  merely  s 
an  Introduction  hoping  to  take  advantage  of  your  offer  soon. 

This  is  not  the  real  purport  of  this  letter.  I  understand  Hr, 
Whiting  has  written  to  you  about  me  lately  in  other  connections. 

I  am  the  Musical  Director  of  the  Church  of  the  Cov¬ 
enant,  the  leading  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  Capital  city, in 
fact  the  most  prominent  Church  of  all  the  denominations  here. 

We  spend  more  money  on  our  music  than  almost  any  Church  in  N.Y. 
city  and  I  have  a  very  famous  volunteer  choir  of  100  voices 
with  a  solo  double  quartette  and  four  extra  soloists.  I  do  not 
wish  to  brag  yet  X  must  state  that  we  have  a  National  reputation 
and  I  think  if  you  heard  them  you  would  concede  that  this  organ¬ 
ization  sings  with  as  perfect  an  ensemble  and  produces  as  ex¬ 
quisite  shading  as  any  body  of  singers  in  the  country.  You  can 
readily  imagine  that  the  eternal  influx  of  visitors  to  the  Cap¬ 
ital  has  advertised  this  choir  all  over  the  country. 

A  year  ago  last  summer  I  heard  that  particularly 
soulful, simple  and  yet  extremely  spiritual  hymn"Dear  Spirit 
lead  me  to  my  resfplayed  from  a  record  of  yours  on  Mr. Whi ting's 
Edisona  and  I  was  so  completely  carried  away  with  it  that  I  had 
to  search  the  records  of  the  Copyright  Dept. of  the  Congressional 
Library  to  find  the  publisher  and  had  to  have  115  copies  spec¬ 
ially  printed  for  the  use  of  my  choir.  You  can  perhaps  imagine 
the  wonderful  climax  of  100  voices  singing  the  chorus  pianis¬ 
simo  after  the  rfifrain  has  been  sung  as  a  duet.  We  have  two  an¬ 
thems  thht  we  are  asked  to  repeat  several  times  each  year, "Come 
unto  Him"  by  Gounod  and  "God  shall  wipe  away  all  tears"  by  Field; 

Mr. Whiting's  introduction  of  me  is  I  am  sure  of 
sufficient  weight  to  assure  you  that  any  statement  1  make  is 
not  exaggerated. 

The  object  of  this  letter  is  to  ask  you  If  it  wodld 
be  possible  for  you  to  send  here  an  operator  to  take  two  or  three 
records  of  the  Choir.  We  have  a  beautiful  little  organ  in  our 
Chapel  and  a  room  exceptionally  adapted  for  such  work  and  I  con¬ 
fidently  believe  that  you  could  get  one  or  two  of  the  most  ex¬ 
quisite  choral  records  that  you  have  ever  made,  and  apart  from 
the  artistic  side  they  would-be  of  wonderful  commercial  value 
to  you.  X  have  a  very  large  circle  of  friends  among  the  musi¬ 
cians  of  the  country  and  abroad, the  Choir  is  known  throughout 
the  country, and  all  in  all, it  seems  to  me  it  would  be  a  creation 
of  artistic  and  commercial  benefit  worthy  of  consideration  on 
your  part. 

Personally  I  have  under  my  baton  and  in  instruc¬ 
tion  each  week  500  singers  in  different  organizations, to  all  of 


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whom  I  eulogize  about  the  Edisona. 

Pardon  the  length  of  this  letter.  In  conclusion, 

I  will  notify  Mr.Meadowcroft  when  I  can  come  to  make  a  trial 
record  myself.  I  make  a  specialty  of  “Mezzo-voce"  tones  and  in¬ 
undation.  Although  I  hear  you  are  not  keen  on  piano  records, 
the  three  songs  that  I  would  like  to  try, I  would  like  to  make 
with  my  own  accompanist  at  the  piano,who  has  a  touch  in  my  op¬ 
inion  far  more  soulful  and  sympathetic  than  LaPorge.  For  one 
of  the  songs  I  should  want  a  violoncello  obligato. 

Ho^png  to  hear  from  you  at  your  convenience  and 
again  apologizing  for  such  a  lenghty  letter,  X  am, 


Very  sincerely  yours. 


SLV/./D, 


Ootober  14,  1916. 


Mr •  Fairbanks ; 


We  receive  early  every  morning  from  the 
Phonograph  Assembling  Department,  two  daily  reports  of 
the  previous  day’s  transactions .  She  figures  from 
those  reports  are  put  in  on  Mr.  Edison's  board,  and  he 
goes  to  look  at  it  first  thing  in  the  morning  when  he 
comes  in.  I  learn  that  the  Department  is  going  to 
’be  moved  to  Silver  lake.  I  write  this  memorandum  to 
ask  you  to  kindly  arrange  so  that  the  above  named  re¬ 
ports  will  be  sent  up  here  tho  very  first  thing  every 
morning  without  fail.  Mr.  Edison  is  very  insistent  on 
having  those  figures. 

In  order  that  there  shall  be  no  mistake,  I  am 
sending  you  herewith  samples  of  tho  two  reports,  which 
f lease  return  to  me  for  our  files  here. 


W.H.MEADOV.'CEOFC 


■  A  V  f  \  Gbe  laniverattg  of  Chicago 

r>  \  department  ot  ®cnnnntc  %nnflunflCB 

*JQu  . 


1  i4*  j  ,ka  *****  ^  ^ 

Dear  a!'  u\;f  aMw.lira  ^  <S'<La'' 

I  a^'an  enthusiast ic.owner  oran  Edison  I)i,sc  Monograph  A?,E0, 

l4A.li.UfU  i  „L  0-*_C  <Ji  i>  «-f>.l4>-lV*"*  - - 

me  by  my  griend,  Mr.  C.E. Goodwin  of  the  Chicago  Edisoij/  Shop. 

1  h  r  e^?iig0l4LK^i  *£&  e 

itched  eii0J3&£& 


;ordin^fechnique«-shov;n  by  the  latar  vocal  and  instwraenUl 

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4^rirc^s^lftHS’ 

.  a4^jLtw  M-fc 


■;  ”i4?‘ ■«“*!£ 

trios,  (and  quartets,  as  vrellfas  the 


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wSUtiO,  fe  w  TU  fwxt'°  7  0.<uL 

^uATi"  Vuif  U-^VKP.  </-*.#.  &  «-{/*-  •Xe-Uict^  (J  f" 

Until  last  June,!  had  ncrticed,  also,  a  most  refreshing  re- 
tiU  i.^v.!Lvv.\ii*^UtvC  rscM'A— 

n  of  all  surface  no  ise ,  produced  by  cjontact  of  d  i  amond  ‘  w  i  th  record. 


old  ho.d^,<T»^-»jo 

u  n  p  1  e  a  s^  n  Uj^bjitl^^jm  a  r  k  e 
.arp  hiss',  characfleri *  *  “ 


t„  at  asatosjyt- 

^sfwi  iff 

increase  of  surface  '  " 


shape 

""records  just  from  the  factory, 
thi  records  I  had  purchased  in 
ST  the  records  are  really  better 
“S'f  the  music  is  seriously 


struck 

arac^rilrtic  of  the 

in  contrast  with  the  .velvety  smoothness  o 
early  J4ne,  1916.  While  musically  speaki^ 
than  ever  before,  the  listener's  enjoyaen 
disturbed  by  the  sharp  accompaniment , as  of  escaping  steam.  I  wondered 
whether  the  material  of  the  surface  had  been  changed,  or  whether  the 
groove  of  the  record  had  been  deepened,  or  whether  the  form  or  material 
of  the  producing  point  had  been  altered.  Whatever  tie  cause  of  the  increas* 
noise,  I  trust  it  is  a  passing  phenomenon,  incidental  to  some  change  in 
laboratory  method,  and  not  a  necessary  result  of  the  new  process. 

In  writing  frankly  about  this, I  am  taking  advantage  of 
your  kind  invitation  for  me  to  send  you  honest  suggestions  based  upon  fur¬ 
ther  use  of  the  new  instrument.  I  can, even  with  my  elementary  knowledge 
of  mechanics,  imagine  some  of  tin-  many  difficulties  involved  in  the  man¬ 
ufacture  of  any  object  at  once  as  delicate  and  as  p9rmanett  as  one  of 
your  disc  records. I  am  not,  therefore,  writing  in  the  spirit  of  a  critiC| 


ttbe  THutversU?  of  Chicago 

department  ot  ©etmautc  Xrniflunflcs 
.  nnD  literatures 

caviling  smartly  at  trifles.  I  know  that  you  have  produced  a  marvelous 
means  for  furnishing  the  world  with  real  music,  true  to  the  original,  - 
a  means  as  vastly  superior  to  all  talking-machine  re'ifflS'k's0  as ,  in  the  field 
of  communication,  the  modern  telephone  is  superior  to  the  messenger  on 
foot  or  horseback  .  In  doing  this  you  have  placed  all  lovers  of  music 
under  a  deep  debt  of  gratitude.  In  writing  the  foregoing  I  am  keenly, 
mindful  of  this  debt  and  remain, in  full  confidence  of  the  increasing 
success  of  the  Edison  Disc, 

Yours  sincerely. 


jy.  -^5 


Ooto'hor  16,  1916. 


Mr.  a.  C.  Emory:  ^  / 

Referring  to  your  memorandum  tlo.  6671,  concerning 
Period  models ,  I  might  remark  that  my  memorandum  of  the  7th  to  you 
was  prohahly  somewhat  more  omphatio  than  it  need  have  been. 

I  do  not  often  get  out  of  humor,  hut  several  events 
about  that  time  oontributed  to  that  condition  of  mind.  However, 
the  fooling  of  offense,  if  that  is  the  my  to  desoribe  it,  was 
subordinate  to  the  fear  that  precautions  had  not  been  taken  to 
keep  secret  the  faot  that  we  are  trying  to  develop  some  now  models 
for  the  regular  line.  Your  assurance  on  the  latter  point  cleared 
up  the  situation  satisfactorily. 

Ho  one  appreciates  more  than  myself  the  extensive 
research  work  which  you  have  done  in  developing  the  Period  models 
and  the  suooeBB  you  have  had  in  rushing  the  manufacture  of  the 
designs  which  were  finally  deoided  upon. 

WLt/  IWVT 


CC  to  Mr.  Charles  Edison. 


O/j/y . 


October'  Sixteen  l  J 

.  .  .  1916  r  _ 

y  ••- 

My  dear  Mr.Meadowcroft: 

Thank  you  (and  Mr. Edison)  most  y* 
heartily  for  the  Edison  arrangement  of  "I 
hear  you  calling  me. "  As  soon  as  I  have 
written  the  sacred  words  for  it,  it  is  to 
go  to  Sydney  Lloyd  Wrighteson,  Musical  Di¬ 
rector  of  the  Church  of  the  Advent, Washing¬ 
ton,  D. C.  to  be  sung  by  his  magnificent  choir. 

I  might  add  that  at  our  summer  home, at 
Ogunquit, Maine, when  I  put  on  the  first  rec¬ 
ord  I  had  received, by  Julia  Heinrich,  Mr. 
Wrightson  was  present, and  informed  me  tnat 
"Julia"  had  eat  on  his  knee, when  a  little  girl, 
and  that  her  father  had  been  associated  with 
him  in  some  musical  affairs, at  one  time. 

In  Along  Broadway  I  note  that  Mr. Edison 
considers  Elizabeth  Spencer's  voice  very,very 
highly.  I  can  grasp  his  hand  on  that.  It  is  the 

molt  truly  musical, most  purely. 

I  everUeard.  Recently  I  played  fully  twenty- 
five  Edison  Re-Creations  for  a very  “ueio- 
loving  man  from  New  York.  At  the  close  of  the 
concert,  I  turned  to  him  and  said.  Well? 

His  reply  was:  "I  never  dreamed  of  anything 
so  wonderful— so-  sincerely  truthful— and  of 
all  the  great  singers, Elizabeth  Spencer  s  voioe 
is  the  most  satisfying." 

"So  say  we  all  of  us!" 

Tern,  a-ineerelv  VQU^S, 


408  lippincott  Ave . , 
Riverton,  H.J. 
10/16/16. 


To  Hr .  Thomas  A.  Raison. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  highly  prized  letter  of  the  ISth  ultimo 
received.  ^  ^  in  reply  that  x  rogret  not  to  be  able  to  conceive 

its  ve ^however ,  debated  in  my  mind  as  to  the  logic  of  a  fev. 

rss ;  vStS 

effect^  Wind  instruments  of  musical  sounds  seem  to  Set  increasing 
vent1  ( usually°coiled^  of  violin 

lengthy  sound -generators. 

Would  it  be  possible  to  mate  any  gain  by  having  each  performer 
ji  r  'Je  oneralic  in  an  enclosure  slipped  like  the  niche  in  a  wall 

and  formed  of  v.ooa  or  metal  to  °l5ta^  aS?°'Jg1iiiarparticular  (  the 
wood  instruments  are  mostly  weak  -  tne  flute,  in  particular  i 
mellowest  of  all  the  instruments)  is  much  handicapped  by  its  more 
powerful  accompaniments . 

MfS.S'SsSi" 

except  those  occupying  the  forward  seats. 

Could  the  seismograph  hove  any  adaptability? 

EKSS- 

buz-saw  be  helful? 

The  Piano  has  a  sounding  board. 


The  cock  cannot  crow  without 


Second  page  from  script  -  letter  of  A.  H.  Sill,  Hiverton,  11. J 


arciins:  his  neck  and  stretching  it;  his  neck  is  long;  his  pipe 
lubricated-  his  voice  is  near  like  that  of  the  human  and  his 
tones  are  louder  than  violin;  in  proportion  to  his  site 
endously  more  vocal  than  the  organs  of  human  kind.  Perhaps  an 
analysis  of  his  trumpeting  organism  might  he  the  means  of  ascertain¬ 
ing  an  innovation  in  the  instruments  or  suggest  a  novelty  amonrot 
them. 

Would  roller-hearings  he  an  adjunct  to  your  storage  battery 
street  cars. 

Wouia  not  your  new  whistle  he  better  to  sound  the  hours 
then  the  hell  from  a  clock;  and  could  not  J^v-^a nd  to  dif- 
from  a  central  plant  to  distant  places,  electrically  and  .o  dil 
ferent  rooms  in  a  great  building,  to  parks,  etc.,  to  operate 
automat icallyV 

Would  the  oxidation  of  copper  wire  {by  P^ooess) 

SIS' *!? V.1 

.S  a  film  for  inoanaooo.nl?  Ih.  oniaation 
can  he  cheaply  removed,  -  in  spots  on  spirally  by  acid.  “ 

‘  spark  over  it  may  he  best  to  hear  ends  a  loose  hunch  aid  fibres  of 
asbestos  paper  makes  a  glow  in  a  fire. 

I  have  more  ideas  if  any  of  these  are  worth  anything. 

Yours  truly. 


v  S.  Share  is  a  toy  consisting  of  a  small  metal  drum,  like  a 
!„il  fruit  can,  with  the  head  removed,  a  hole  in  the  centre  of  the 
bottom,  with  a  string  running  through  it,  notted  on  inside  to  h 
it-  when  (I  think)  a  waxed  hand  is  drawn  over  string  it  makes  a 
loudmusieii  souSd!  As  a  nucleus  this  idea  might  he  developed 
into  one  of  the  louder-toned  instruments. 


October  17th.  1916. 


Miss  Virginia  1.  Bean: 


Celloist 


••Good  Celloist,  does  not  affect  the  miserable 
tremolo  of  some  Celloist,  She  plays  out  of  tune 


Miss  Virginia  L.  Bean 


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the  tremolo  all  through,  .why  people  will  the 

finger  more  than  is  necessary  to  give  e 
Bffect  and  produce  as  distinct  tremolo  in  addition 
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n.K.  nmrht  to  be  shot. 


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October  19,  1916. 

Thomas  A.  JSdison, 

Orange,  Dew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir : 

Some  weeks  ago  I  wrote  to  you  enclosing  a  stamped 
and  addressed  envelope,  asking  you  or  your  company  to  kindly  give 
me  the  name  of  the  most  reliable  firm  of  makers  of  dictaphones 
and  explaining  my  requirements. 

What  I  want  is  a  machine  into  which  my  secretary  ean 
dictate  from  some  book  which  I  am  reading,  so  that  I  can  turn 
it  on  to  read  aloud  to  me  whem  I  am  wakeful  in  the  night,  the 
records  being  of  such  size  that  they  will  last  one-half  hour 
or  an  hour,  or  else  constructed  so  that  the  machine  will  switch 
automatically  from  a  completed  record  to  the  next  fresh  one. 

If  no  machine  is  so  constructed,  I  would  suggest  this 
as  an  urgent  need  in  cases  of  insomnia,  either  in  the  home  or 
hospital,  as  the  presence  of  a  third  person,  or  the  necessary 
effort  to  change  used  records  for  fresh  ones',  militates  against 
sinking  into  sleep.  I  find  nothing  is  better  calculated  to  put 
me  to  sleep  than  being  read  aloud  to  by  a  person  whose  voice  is 
agreeable,  and  I  started  out  with  a  night  secretary,  whose  chief 
duty  was  to  read  to  me  during  the  night.  I  found  it  very  difficult 
to  keep  this  position  filled,  one  by  one  they  gave  out  under  the 
the  strain  of  night  duty.  It  is  for  this  reason  that  I  have 


thought  of  the  construction  of  a  mechanical  reader,  to  he  pre¬ 
pared  during  the  day  and  placed  within  reach  of  my  bed  every 
night.  It  is  not  necessary  for.  it  to  stop  when  I  go  to  sleep, 
a@  the  even  flow  of  the  voice  serves  rather  to  lull  than  to  rouse, 
but,  of  course,  the  physical  effort  required  to  change  records 
would  entirely  defeat  my  purpose. 

I  commend  this  suggestion  to  you,  in  case  no  instrument 
so  constructed  to  run  for  an  hour  or  to  change  its  records  automat¬ 
ically  is  on  the  market.  Your  sevices  to  humanity  cannot  read¬ 
ily  be  computed  but  I  think  the  useful  service  of  making  this 
provision  for  the  sleepless  would  outweigh  all  that  you  have 
already  accomplished. 

Yours  very  truly, 

})luA 


8305  Upland  Place,  Walnut  Hills,  Cincinnati,  Ohio, 


October  24th,  1916. 


Mr.  Werner  Olaons 

On  Instructions  froimAlr.  Edison,  the  Experimental 
Draughting  Department,  located  on  the  second  floor  of  the  laboratory, 
will  be  combined  with  the  Draughting ^ervico  Department. 

ibo  and  Haller  will  immediately 


The  room  formerly  occupied  by  the  Experimental 
Draughting  Department  will  be ^iven  oyer  entirely  to  Mr.  Soott,  and 
the  Construction  Engineering  Work. 

You  will/ take  charge  immediately  of  the  records  and 
files  in  the  Experimental  Draughting  Department  and  arrange  to  keep 
same  in  accordance  with  your  present  system.  You  also  understand  that 
any  draughting  or  designing  service  which  Mr.  Edison  may  renuire  is  to 
be  promptly  taken  care  of  and  all  work  is  to  be  done  with  the  same  hieji 
standard  in  future  as  your  regular  part  draughting. 

This  change  is  to  take  effect  immediately  and  you 
Will  make  the  necessary  arrangements  so  that  it  can  be  carried  out  most 
economically  and  efficiently. 


John  E.  Constable, 
CHIEF  ENGINEER. 


Messrs:  Edison,  C.  Edison,  Kellow,  Allen,  Smith,  Reford, 
Haller,  Zabo,  Scott,  file. 


October  24,  1916. 


r.  E»  J.  Rests, 


Boar  Sir 

Your  favor  of  tho  6th  instant,  was  received, 
and  has  boon  submitted  to  our  Gusic  Department .  We 
find  that  the  song  which  was  'gotten  up  by  your  son  would 
■  not  bo  available  for  use  by  us  as  a  regular  record  to 
put  in  our  catalogue.  . 

It  is  quite  an  expensive' natter  to  make  a 
special  record  for  one  person.  She  expenso  of  doing  . 
this  is  about  $100.00.  as  we  are  obliged  to  nave  the 
song  properly  recorded  by  singers,  provide  the  proper 
accompaniment,  make  tho  necessary  molds  before,  one 
record  could  be  made. 

be  return  the  manuscript  of  the -song,  herewith. 

Yours  vory  truly, 

,  Edison  laboratory. 


October  25th,  1916, 


lr,  2.  A.  Ed ison : - 


October  16th.  -  21st, 
Current 


inclusive 


Total 

Inspected 


O.K. 

Cracked  Varnish 
Peeled  Tarnish  ‘ 
Chipped  Edge 
Scratched 
Spots 
Pin  Hole 


1410 

44 

91 

2 

•  1 
5 

1554 


Percentages 


90.73' 
2.83 
"  5:86 

.13 
.06 
.52 
.07 

100.00/5 


l!mv  Process  -  Current 

O.K.  /  •  - 

Spots 

Scratched 

Dents 

Cr ached  Edge 
Chipped  Edge  • 

Pin  UoleB 
Porous  Spots. 

Poor  Print  . 

.  Bad  Centers 
Cfiacked  Centers 
Wrong  Combination 


Supplement 


o.k.  ; 

Spots 
Scratched 
Chipped  Edge 
Pin  Hole 
Porous  Spots  . 

.  Poor  Print  . 

Bad  Centers 
Cracked  Centers 
V/rong  Combination 


15499 

65 


1 

2 

7 


’ _ 10. 

15719 


C.C.  Messrs'.  C.H'. Wilson,  W.  Maxwell  and  file'. 


iialipV- 


98.43 

.29 

.59 

.01 

.04 

.35 

.02 

.04 

.01 

.15 

.05 

.02 

TOOTOOyST 


98,60 


.56 
.21 
..01 
,01 
.01 
.04 
.15 
'  .06 
100.00JS 


GHB/AIvlOi 


October  25,1916, 


Miss  Caroline  E»  Bar ’sham, 
2306  Upland  .Place,. 
Walnut  .Hills , 
Cincinnati,  0. 


lour  favor  of  'the  19th  instant  has  been 
received.  iVe  are  probably  the  largest  manufacturer 
of  Dictating  Machines  in  tho  world,  but  wo  have  no 
device  of  the  kind  mentioned  in  your  letter,  nor  ao 
wo  ‘know  of  any  ouch  device  in  existence. 

So-  devise  and  po.rfcet  mechanisms.  of  this  kind 
requires  an  onormous  expenditure  of  time,  energy  ana 
money,  for  which  comp onset  ion  can  only  como  through  a 
very  large  clerasad  for  a  device  of  this  nature.  In 
■all  our  years  of  experience  in  the  Dictating  Machine 
'business,  this  is  the  first  time  that  v;a  have  ever  had 
a.  call  for  an  apparatus  of  this,  nature,  and  as  ISr.  Edison 
is  unusually  oecupiod  on  important  business  matters  day 
and  night,  and  as  our  plants  are  working  at  full  capacity, 
we  do  notsoe  any  possibility  at  this  time  of  taking  up 
the  development  and  manufacture  of  a  epoeial  apparatus 
of  this  nature.  .  ■ 

Hegretting  that  we  cannot  serve  you,  wo  remain, 

-  Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 


Had  by  the  trial-contest  of  the  past  week, anrl  I  enclose  a  carbon-copy 
of  my  nodes t  tribute  to  the  merits  of  his  diamond-disc-phonograph  ,so 
kindly  furnished  me  by  the  local  agent, for  such  trial.  .-X  felt  obliged 
to  cut  off  abort  one-half  of  my  ju3t  but  enthusiastic  tribute  in  order 
to  limit  and  bring  it  7/1  thin  ,or  near  ,the  desired  200  words  of  the  - 
contest  limit, 

BUT  THIS  ATjONK  Is  nSt  my  object  in  writing  to  you  ,but 
it  is  to  make  a  suggestion  through  you  to  your  husband  for  what  I  eon  - 
aider  to  be  an  improvement  In  hi3  present  methods  of  starting  and  stop¬ 
ping  his  disc-music.  My  wife  and  little  9  year  old  daughter  uged  the  - 
$100  .oo  (Modems )  style  machine  during  its  throe-days  trial  in  my  home 
AND  I  noticed,  that  it  was  with  difficulty  that  either  or  both  could  get 
the  music  STARTED  just  at  or  Just  before  the  beginning^)?  each  piece, AND 
also  the  difficulty  of  stopping  (by  knowing) just  j^ir  each  piece  endedw 
(  The  machine  drawling  out  something  incoherent  and  unpleasant  ere  it 
could  be  stopped  ,)  l  was  told  there  wa3  an  automatic-stop , but  I  did  not 
detect  its  services  .-Not  myself  havingjtrind  the  machine  in  its  running 


-%?  4. z&r—  *2-£tcj>^^v'—  -7L^A.  a^fZzt*^-  '7T-&-&-*?  ^cr<C-/i_ ,^c^c,t 


3a  the  absence  of  my  wife  and  little  daughter  J  thought  I  would  study 


out  TOY  they  each  had  failed  to  get  1 


•.losoty  the  beginning  of  each 


piece, as  well  as  the  endings  thereof . -Putting  on  ny  eye-glasses  as  my 
hast  means  of  study #8* t  "at"  the  machine. I  saw  some  wonderfully  hair 
lines  (almost  invisibl.o)on  the  disc,and  followed  then  around  n»ar  the 
black  margin  of  the  disc, to  SEE  if  T  could  tell  from  the  indentations 
in  those  f*nc  lines  where  the  nnnic  began.  I  traced  the  lines  until  my 
eyos  ached  from  looking  and  felt  obliged  to  stop.  X  thought  WHY  has  not 
],:r.  Edison  found  a  way  to  designate  and  place  the  po4nt  just  where  the 
music  begins  instead  of  leaving  one  to  "guess"  at  it  ’-'This  gue3s4ng 
leading  one  to  hit  the  black  margin  and  fail  to  get  it  right  or  start 
beyond  the  beginning  of  the  niece  and  thereby  FAIT,  to  give  the  pleasf 


lerfeot  start.-)  In  horse-rar 


"the  start  "is  important-WHY 


not  in  music  ? - Examining  and  studying  as  wall  as  I  might  I  thought 

T  saw  IIOW  Mr  .Edison, could  in  a  very  ainrnle  way  .indicate  on  the  disc- 
margin  Just  where  to  start, by  making  a  V  slot  pointing  to  the  correct- 
starting  point  to  which  the  point  could  be  guid*d/oi thor  by  or  without 
a  small  magnifying  glass  to  enable  one  to  SEE  correctly  its  adjustment. 
In  ray  personal,  case  I  think  I  would  need  a  microscope  for  such  adjust¬ 
ment,  hut  Mr.  Edison  may  think  better  -and  devise  better.  All.  musical 
pircen  not  be4ng  of  the  3ame  length, and  30me  cea34ng  sooner  than  otheas 
just  WHEN  to  3 top  the  disc  becomes  (also)  a  question  with  the  U3er  of 
the  disc-phonograph.-  The  agent  told  me  that  the  Victor  machine  now  has 
a  patented  device  to  indicate  where  to  start  and  where  to  stop  ,but  it 

H’Vioos  not  always  work  right, and  gives  trouble.-" - 

Hero  is  my  idea  to  Mr .Edison, as  to  stopping. -At  and  after  the  end 


of  each  dJ.o-pi.wi  insert  three(3)  tinkling  ^1.  ,by  which  aip.nai  the 
operator  may  know  its  ending  and  shut  off  the  power. -Mr .Edison  can  eas¬ 
ily  insert  in  the  concludi .«  m*sic  line, the  bell-tinkling  necessary  to 

signal  ringing,  down  the  curtain. - 

Does  not  Mr .Edison  SEE  that  mV  suggestions  are  parti cable  in  use, 
(in  his  disc’s)  and  if  so  I  take  pleasure  in  presenting  them  to  him  fnr 
his  oonoJ Ration  and  use ^ree^tis  -if  he  will  accept  them.-- 

H8y  I  not  suggest  that  in  my  early  days  in  Washington  (when  I  was 
serving  to  secretary  Stanton, in  the  War  Department, and  through  him  to 
President  Lincoln,  in  matters  of  State  f**.jX  became  acquainted  with  - 
Ur. Ciafco  )thefl  one  of  the  Chief  Examiners  of  Patents  in  the  Patent  of¬ 
fice,  and  on  one  occasion  he  remarked  to  me  about  patents-That  he  did 
not  first  consider  the  merits  or  perfectness  of  an  invention, but  rather 
first  looked  for  defects, and  never  had  in  any  case  failed  to  find  such 
4—  Of  course  it  was  not  his  business  to  suggest  to  an  inventor  where 
iTaefect  or  defects  lio„but  after  having  discovered  such  then  to  see 
if  the  inv  entlon  had  enough  merits  to  insure  being  patented.— 

(■  j  presume  Mr.  Edison  has  had  experience  in  patenting  inventions  tc. 
seemingly  perfect  that  have  not  proven  satisfactory.) 


It  was  the  sane  learned  and  scholarly  Mr. Cisco, mu si  cal  and  art  crit- 
ic,&c.,  who  so  kindly  directed  ray  mental-path  into  the  "Eclectic  Maga¬ 
zine  of  foreign  literature,  science  and  art", wherein  wo  found  Prof  .‘-ih. 
Michael  Farr ad ay ’s  assertion  fifths  wave*  of  sound"  to  effect  they  - 
might  be  used  to  convey  intelligence,^.. which  caused  so  much  considera¬ 
tion  between  us  -as  to  consider  their  future  use  in  sending  messages ,ftc 
a*l  which  Prof .Bell  so  successfully  later  tool:  up  ,&c. (telephone ,)AND.- 


your  husband  became  "the  Wizard  of  the  Wires" , until  he  carried  out  God's 
com'  ivi  -"Let  there  he  Lightjby  extending  God’3  sunshine  (electricity) 
into  the  night  and  through  the  night. to  sunshine  dawn  ,and  even  then  - 
into  the  dark-places  of  the  earth, (counting-room, &c)and  NOW  , having  do 
done  all  that  ,  and  other  labor,  he  ha3  caught  the  "sound  waves"  of  mu¬ 
sic  from  the  air,  reduced  them  to  solicl3  (discs)  and  from  those  discs 
re-produces  ("re-creates"  is  the  term  he  uses) the  perfect  music  of  the 

original ,30  that  though  dead  one’s  voice  and  music  yet  lives. - 

tiff/  1  have  waited  twenty  years  for  Kr.Rii.30n  to  perfect  his  phono¬ 
graph  invention, and  now  he  has  done  it  .My  first  hearing  his  old  sty’e 
cylinder  phonograph  wan  in  one  of  the  stock-yards  at  San  Antonio ,Texa? 
where  I  so  long  lived  after  leaving  Washington.  The  stock  -men  thought 
it  a  big  thing, a3  it  went  well  wfth  their  cow-boy  -music. I  said  nothing, 
but  bearing  in  mind  Mr. Cisco’s  remark  about  looking  for  defects, I  eon* 
aidered  the  cumbersome  cylinder, and  the  rough  metallic  sounds,  but  -it 
pleased  the  cow-boys  who  were  not  of  fastidious  musical  tastes, with  - 
their  pistol-shooting  and  whiskey  drinking. - That  was  ftore  than  twen¬ 

ty  year 3 .ago, and  ever  since  T  have  waited, waited, waited. -At  Chicago 
thoy  told  me  Mr.  Ediyo’n  ’was  "at  work"  on  improvements  ,"-c .  on  the  phon¬ 
ograph,  but  it  still  had  the  metallic  sounds, so  I  waited  .Then  fearing 
I  might  die  and  lose  the  benefit  of  hi3  new  improvements  I  wrote  ,sug  - 
gesting  how  ,in  the  army  in  our  Civil  War  wo  used  the  copper  buglear  as 
giving  clearer  as\ji  sweeter  sounds  than  the  brass  cornet, anti  suggesting 
the  use  of  copper  to  avoid  the  harsh  metallic  sounds  ,and  the  use  of 
the  di3C,  as  being,  more  compact  than  the  cylinder, Sea.-  NOW  Mr. Edison  - 
has  come  to  me  through  hia  diamond  disc, and  he  has  "the  laugh"  on  me  - 


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fPr  he  has  done  to  PERFECTION  on  the  diamond  disc,v«£at  all  other3  have 
wreath 

failed  to  do. -His  the  laurel^ kfiipat  Victory. -Let  him  he  so  crowned. - 

When  the  local  agent  (Mr  .Kenney, of  )v/heeler  »3  Pharmacy, of  Claremont, 
liroiinht 

3*.H.,and  the  travel!  nr  agent  for  northern  H.H.  '*rPPrfi  the  machine  to  me 
for  tr«al  It  wan  started  on  the  Robin  Hood  opera  by  Elisabeth  Spencer j 
"0 .promise  me" .Ac. and  a3  I  sat  listening  In  wonderment  I  Involuntarily 
"craned  my  neck  "before  T  WK3  aware  of  It,  to  SEE  If  there  were  not  a 
a  lady  singer  concealed  magically  83  In  legerdemain, or  spiritual  latle 
seances,  t$4#T)+-  and  -thow  got  ashamamedotO  (thlnk’  Jir,.  :Ed!.30ivlfonld:.rei 
sort  to  such  trickery,  and  fitting  finrity  back  resolved  to  hear  the  ,- 
singer,  as  In  opera. -How  marvellous^  came  forth  the  pleading  voice  of 
Elisabeth  Snencer-30  clear ,00  plaintive  -4 1  b-ongfct  tears  to  my  eyes, 
and  It  affected  us  all-Mrs  .J.  and  my  little  daughter  and  son. -Then  I- 
KNEW  Hr.  Edison  had  succeeded,  and  my  long  waiting  was  fully  .rewarded* 
Durliif.  the  three (S)  days  the  iustrumzmt  was  with  me  I  called  in  a 
throe(3)  neighbor  families  to  hoar  the  of  the  3ix-discs  ,and  sl.l- 

•roro  delighted  and  surprised.  One  neighbor  remarked  he  thought  as  inch 
credit  yourself  (  Mrs.  Ectfsonjfor  keeping  your  husband  In  working- 

condition  as  to  Mr.  Edison  himself. So  T  note  it  . - tr'th  my  ovm- 

THANKS. - 

I  disliked  to  have  the  instrument  taken  away , a: id  so  did  we"  air 
nra.J.  ,my  little  daughter  Lucy, and  my  4  year  old  son, but  being  now  re¬ 
tired  from  law  practice  ,and  fees  ceased  coming  in  from  my  Washington 
practice  and  burdened  with  the  cares  and  expense  of  this  old  inherited' 
farm  of  my  great  grandf  athers  (on  my  mother*3  side)  I  mu9t  PlAY  TAXES, 


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and  these  taxes  that  ha  up,  like  the  a  word  of  Damocles  over  me  prevent  my 
having  a  diamond  disc  machine.  Perhaps  the  future  may  hold  its  rainbow 
pot  of  gold  for  me  wherewith  to  purchase  one  with  a  cabinet  for  records 
The  records  furnished  me  for  trial,  gave  mo-On  the  reverse  of  the 
Robin  Hood  record , "Carry  me  back  to  old  V.irginny" , which  was  excellent, 
and  carried  me  back  when  we  "boys"  of  ’61  tramped  and  fought  "On  to-H*. 
Richmond "  ,and  brought  battles  and  .sieges  back  to  me  ,{j  W83  a  boy-sol  - 
dior  in  1861  at  14  i/g  years  of  age  .  )-I  came  to  service  in  the  War  De¬ 
partment  ,at  Was  hi  nr,  ton,  by  per30.ua!  appointment  of  Secretary  Stanton, 
at  17  years  of  age,  and  served  regularly  and  also  confidentially  to  Sec. 
rotary  Stanton  and  through  him  to  President  Lincoln  up  to  the  lattors- 
asr.ass i nation.-  May  I  now  go  further  to  your  husband  by  suggestion  AKD 
ASK-  through  you-Can  he  go  further  and  produce  whol e  operas  T-And  fur¬ 
ther  ynt  -Can  he  copy  the  movements  and  costumes  in  colors  on  a  screen 
with  the  accompanying  musical  operatic  nusic-to  take  the  place  of  the 
present  "movies,J!0r  compete  with  them  ?-  If  so  he  will  complete  his 
most  magnificent  tr1umoh,addi ng  culture  to  useful nesa-the  wires, the  - 
lights  and  musfc,-  So  far  a3  THE  HOME  in  concerned  -Can  he 

add  entire  operatic  music  ,to  his  present  perfect  diac-muaic?— — If  so 

KOW  ? - With  his  knowledge  can  he  devise  a  "continuous  performance  "so 

we  may  sit  comfortably  at  home  of  a  cold  winter’s  night  when  the  winds 
howl  outside  and  listen  to  complete  opera?-  Can  he  do  it  by  means  of  a 
metallic  ribbon  (or  paper  ribbon, }in  way  somewhat  similar  to  the  brokers 
ticker,  or  traveling  ribbon,  as  on  typewriter  machine , with  pauses  be¬ 
tween  ac ta , &c . I  have  read  that  he  is  trying  to  do  this  ,but  in  he  near 
uerfoction  ,or  must  "the  Bolden  3hore"  claim  him  ere  he  completes  his 


conquest  of  Music.-  Your  husband  is  about  ny  own  age  of  69, ami  T  r'4  ' 

w.m  be  70  next  19*  Feb.  so  if  he  is  to  successfully  invent  an<1  I  amt 

to  have  the  proud  satisfaction  of  knowing,  ho  has  succeeded  he  as  I  wet 

economize  tine  ere-  we  both  must  —  REST.-- - - 

to 

Via  all  feel  and  know  that/your  care  in  confided  his  precious  life 
that  you  so  watch  over  and  care  for  him  a3  to  keep  him  at  his  best  in 
thinking-working-eondition  in  order  his  farther  achievements  may  be 
crowned  with  3ucces3.-  The  whole  world  will  mourn  when  his  earthly  life 
ceases,  but  after  life  he  will  live  in  his  creations  of  use  and  benefit 

to  mankind.-  "No  pent  up  Utica  "is  his  -  the  WORLD  i3  his  . - 

I  fear  I  have  greatly  wearied  you  with  this  long  letter  ,but  when 
T  had  the  exceedingly  great  pleasure  of  hearing  from  the  disc’s  "1  love 
a  lassie'*  by  Har-v  Lauder Come  back  ts  Kr*n,Mona  dar!ing",and  mu  si  oil 
compositions  by  the  National  band,  and  others ,bvt  Jat  of  all  Miss  Spen¬ 
cer’s  pleading  voice  f0,promi.se  me", I  FELT  ray  enthusiasm  must  have  - 
vent  ,and  T  could  reach  Mr.  Edison  no  other  way  than  through  your  kind¬ 
ly  self.-  Therefore  this  TRIBUTE  to  yourself  and  husband. - 

Long  years  may  he  yet  live  in  health  and  strength  with  your  care¬ 
ful  watching  to  complete  his  intended  labors  to  success. - 

My  bleeding  and  sore  fingers  from  hard  farm  work  tell  me  I  have 
used  thi3  machine  too  long  -to  weary  you  ,and  with  God ’3  blessings  to 
yourself  and  husband  I  close  regretting  that  my  prize-trial  offering 
I  mail  with  this  (a  copy  of  which  I  send  you)  bearing  t-ibuto  7«i3  cut4 
in  two  to  shorten  its  length  to  requirements  of  200  words , approximately 
and  bye-the-way  -Isn’t  the  typewriting  machine  a  wonderful  thing  where- 


by  wo  spin  our  Invisible  thoughts  directly  from  the  brain  Into  visible 
language  on  the  paper  before  113  without  Intermediary  assistance.  BU? 

I  yet  hoar  Elizabeth  Spencer3  voice  nine  out  -"0, promise  me  ,*c!and  the 
rational  Military  band  plays  that  clear  , sweet,  perfect  music  and  Mr.- 
Edison  squeezes  It  into  a  fine  hair  line  , find  then  bid3  it  come  -forth 
arain  and  repeat  Itself.-  From  Farrady  to  Edison,from  Edison  to  US- 
1 Sound  the  trumpet, boat  the  drums, - 
See,  the  conquering  hero  comes ,-  " 

With  halo-1  ights , and  music  grand. 

He  ha3  conquered  .as  he  planned. - 


I  am  30  sorry  that  machine  was  taken  away, for  "hope  long  deferred  nak  - 
eth  the  hP.^rt  3ick*,hut  J  trust  in  the  future  X  may  be  able  to  get  a 
cab! net “disc, with  a  hundred  records, to  SIEG  my  way  to  BEST. 

Very  and  moat  respectfully 

Your, and  your  husband ’a  ,most  humble  and 
Obedient  servant. - 


«,  ,»  roAsonn  W  «.«•  »  »•««'  «««.<*-  and  A  hntt.i\w>8’o«S 
educator  than  an  ordinary  talking  machine  «X  nnswer- 
It  Is  far  superior  to  all  others  In  th?n 
lot.  It  hao  no  nwta3.Ho  -discord  -sounds 
2M..Vts  an  exact  reproduction  of  the  ordinal  .- 

**.  It  entire'1:/  does  away  with  the  miisanoe  of  the  conotant  pnrchaao, 
adjustment  and  throwing  away  of  needles. 

4th.  The  diamond  point  Is  pnrmanent,noed! nR  no  renewal. 

«a.-a..n-H».d  .f  ...  4«^*>  =»«”»”  *' 

the  same  soaco  than  other  machines. 

dth.  This  fact  makes  the  *Hso«  disc  cheaper  In  cash  outlay  than  other- 
discs  . 

.  „  ...  -  „Vlin  4..„  ho'da  It  In  their  won- 

7th.  It  takes  the  attention  of  the  child. on  and  - 

dement  at  its  production  , thereby  creatine  a  MVE  for  music  that 

la  n  nter  t  al  n  I  ne ,  edno  at  I  nf, ,  and  reflnlnc  to  their  minds. 

nth.  Its  fascination  Is  „.ch  U  arose*  in  the  minds  of  children  LOT* 

it  the  heantlfnl  .developing  and  ins  treating  while  It  arnnses. 

9th.  It  makes  children  eager  to  hear  its  •re-creations-  mom1n„noon  - 

and  nlRht,  and  sends  them  to  hod  happier  from  each  heaHna .driving 

away  fear  of  ghosts  and  dange^and  petti  tie  Angels  of  Mnsic  In  their 

joth.n  makes  them  sorry  and  disappointed  when  denied  H.  preseece.as 
when  taken  away  -as  on  trial  wenk.- 


IHrian. the  elders  it  creates  surprise, admir&tion.lovw.aymnathy, pi  ty,- 

eharlty, Patriotism, honor, Justice. duty, and  all  the  elements  of  t» 
manhood  and  womanhood  .with  regard, admiration  and  honor  to  Mr.Edii 

(A/9  $/l§. 

IToto-I  regret  I  have  to  cot  off  half  of  my  reasons  to  limit  thorn.- 


nit  “P 

7VW. 

POWDER  BT.aUK  BROSHIHG  &  BAKII1S  14-5 

(&cf .  js  ,  n  1 1-) 


Varnish 


Amount  Gal. 
5487 .31  905 


Grams 

Per  C.  Blanks  .778  .207  634 

Based  on  Prod. 


Per  C.  Blanks 

as  per  Report  .770 

Caused  to,  Invent.  .008 


1)ISC  RECORD  MANUFACTURING  DIVISION  MEMORANDUM 


T-A 


'•  1009 
DATE  -  Qct>  2Bj  l916. 


SOBJECT  -  PROMOTION 


TO  -  Aum  3VPJC.0Y3RG  0*  Slf?C  MOULD  ARE  DISC  P.SCOLD 

i:'. Ai i U Y ACT UHf MO  DIVISIONS: 

Two  weeks  ago  In  memorandum  So.  1007  the  sub¬ 
ject  of  promotion  was  mentioned  in  the  discussion  of  our 
opportuni  Ly. 

ire  want  to  work  out  a  system  of  promotion  to 
give  the  fullest  opportunity  to  everyone  in  the  whole  disc 
plant. 


There  -are  some  jobs  that  pay  more  money  than  others 
because  the  work  is  worth  note  for  various  reasons. 

Sosr.o  work  it  simple  and  can  se  Learned  perfectly 
by  a  new  har.e  ia  a  few  minutes. 

Come  requires  skill  and  long  training. 

Some  work  is  easy  and  it  done  in  pleasant  working 
conditions;  some  Is  hard  laoor  oart  dene  in  a  very  hot  or 
dirty  roi'si. 


Ua  - 


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iu  'rH  l,'*w  / 

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’’Ix^-h  *«»<»'  U“'""'l’ 

Jinks  A.  EcLaion,  j,  ! 

Ore-nge  ,  J  £.«"*-*" -5>  <--<  ^ 

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Hear  Sir:-.  //  ^X,,#  /Vt®-f  *  \  l  /  y  t 

,„  an  J&tt'SBl 

to  an  artiexe  -  *.  h  T  ^1nfl  a  number  of  valuable 

iifcslSiip. 
=i«I?iliis 
iPHiiEiiS. 

-S'SrSfiri.  vSeiS  my  present 

occupation. 

humbll^asking  for  information  how  to  get  about  it  in  order 

ItWsl^gSi. 

but  their  price  and  my  pocket  book  do  not  vibrate  in  unison. 

Perhaps  it  would  interest  you  to  have  a  description 
of  the  instrument.  It  can  be  briefly  stated  as  follows. 


The  Violano  Virtuoso  consists  of  a  violin  and  a 
piano  both  in  one  cabinet  and  both  playing  automatically 
from  one  music:  roll.  The  violin  is’held  solid  in  level 
position  and  is  operated  by  64  fingers.  One  point  of 
interest  to  know  especially  for  a  violinist  is  that  after 
much  experimenting  we  found  that  very  little  pressure  of 
the  fingers  on  the  string  is  necessary  to  bring  out  a  good, 
clean  tone .  On  this  instrument  we  have  done  av/ay  with  the 
finger  board  altogether,  and  a  V  shaped  finger  conies  down 
on  the  string  and  holds  it  firmly  but  give  only  a  slight 
pressure.  The  G  string,  for  instance,  is  pressed  down  only 
one  half  of  its  own  thickness.  The  fingers  are  laid  out 
according  to  mathematical  figures  of  the  tempered  scale, 
and  each  finger  is  operated  by  a  small  electric  magnet. 

•  pour  "bows"  are  used  on  this  instrument,  one  for 
each  string.  Bach  has  the  form  of  a  small  wheel  -1-1/4 
inch  in  diameter  and  the  same  thickness  as  the  width  of 
ordinary  bow  hair.  A  steei  rod  goes  through  the  center 
of  this  "wheel"  and  runs  on  its  own  solid  bearing.  This 
bow  is  made  up  of  about  75  pieces  of  very  thin,  cupformed 
pieces  of  celluloid  the  edge  of  each  acting  on  the  string 
the  same  as  the  hair  of  a  bow.  The  wheel  is  ground  to  be 
absolutely  true.  Rosin  is  put  on  automatically. 

Regarding  the  speed  and  pressure  of  the  bow  we 
have  found  that  the  variation  of  pressure  is  very  limited 
compared  with  the  variation  of  speed,  both,  of  course, 
being  very  delicate.-  The  speed  and  pressure  devices  are 
combined  so  that  they  act  like  one.  The  speed  of  the' bow 
can  be  reduced  from  3000  revolutions  to  300  per  minute 
(or  the  reverse)  in  the  wink  of  an  eye  and  the  pressure 
device  follows  in  the  same  proportion. 

Right  here,  in  my  opinion,  lies  one  of  the  troubles 
in  violin  playing  (besides  playing  out  of  tune  in  general) . 

A  player  will  put  his  finger  on  the  string  and  press  it 
down  hard,  but  in  so  doing  he  will  at  once  give  more  tension 
to  the  string  and  consequently  raise  its  pitch,  and  is  at 
once  forced  to  set  his  finger  a  little  lower  than  where  it 
.actually  should  be.  Next  he  will  try  playing  a  crescendo 
;  starting  with  a  light  pressure  of  the  bow  and  gradually 
increasing  the  pressure.  This,  again,  will  increase  the 
tension  of  the  string  and  play  out  of  tune ,  unless  properly 
guided  by  the  finger.  Another  reason  for  poor  violin  tone 
is  the  uneven  or  jerky  pressure  of  the  bow.  To  make  thi3 


-3- 

point  clear  I  may  use  the  following  illustration:  Suppose 
we  draw  up  about  1000  parallel  lines  close  to  eacn  other 
and  call  the  first  line  the  extreme  pianissimo  and  the 
last  line  the  extreme  fortissimo, then,  or  course,  each  of 
the  lines  between  must  also  represent  a  degree  of  its  own. 

A  violinist  will  start  a  tone  on  a  certain  degree,  but  if 
his  arm  is  not  steady  he  will  with  a  slight  Jerk  Jump 
down,  say  about  20  degrees,  then  up  again  pass  the  starting 
degree,  then  down  again,  etc.,  and  uhe  same  irregular 
pressure  comes  in  whether  a  cres^nao t  °  m  r'11<an  n  P 
fortissimo, or  a  pianissimo  is  to  1 


j.  diminuendo , 
Pbr ought  out. 


On  the  Violano  Virtuoso  all  these  points  are 
brought  out  to  perfection.  It  can  start  a  tone  with 
extreme  pianissimo, and  then  by  degrees  bring^it  up  ^f*^eme 
fortissimo  and  again  back  by  degrees  to _a_ delicate  pianissimo, 
or  it  can~stay  on  any  degree  desired*  That  xs  why  I  think 
some  good  records  could  be  made  from  this  instrument,  expec- 
ially  from  a  combination  of  two  violins  and  piano.  The  play¬ 
ing  of  both  violins  is  exactly  like  one,  only  the  volume 
is  more  round  and  smooth.  One  peculiar  thing  that  goes  with 
the  instrument  is  an  automatic  tuning  device , which  keeps 
the  strings  in  absolute  pitch  from  the  time  it  id  tuned  up, 
until  it  breaks.  Another  remarkable  thing  in  this  connection 
is  that  any  interpretation  can  be  put  in  the  records. 

Our  grestest  difficulty  however,  in  perfecting  this 
instrument  was  not  in  the  mechanical  or  electricaipartbut 
due  to  the  difficulty  of  securing  violins  perfect  enough  for 
our  purpose.  First  of  all  we  had  the  fingers  laid  out  accord¬ 
ing  to  the  tempered  scale  -  absolutely  perfect,  and  when  the 
first  finger  head  was  ready  for  the  violin  we  felt  sure  that 
we  had  passed  the  hardest  rook  in  our  way.  After  a  while,  we 
found. ho wever,  that  our  troubles  had  not  yet  even  . 

started.  The  first  violin  put  into  the  machine  was  a  rather 
cheap  instrument  although  all  ^measurements  ^re  correct, 
and  it  played  out  of  tune  very  badly.  At  first  we  were  very 
much  puzzled,  because  we  had  played  the  same  instrument  by 
hand  without  meeting  with  any  difficulty  whatever  and  Paying 
■  ip t tune,  in  the  machine  with  a  perfect  scale  and  all  other 
measurements  perfect,  it  was  all  out.  Kexk  we  tried  a  dozen 
of  higher  grade  instruments,  but  with  the  same  result. 

How  the  sponsor  procured  12  really  very  high  grade  violins, 
among  which  we  found  two  which  were  not  so  very  bad,  although 
far  from  being  right.  There  was  nothing  to  do  but  to  spoil 


our  scale  and  bend  some  fingers  higher  up  and  others  down 
in  order  to  obtain  a  correct  scale.  The  peculiar  part 
in  these  experiments  was  this,  that  when  v/e  put  the  second 
best  violin  in  the  same  finger  head  which  had  its  fingers 
bent  to  suit  the  first  good  Violin,  we  had  to  bend  some  of 
the  fingers  the  opposite  way  to  obtain  a  correct  soale  on 
the  second  good  violin. 

Now  a  genuine  Cremona  violin  in  first  class  con¬ 
dition  was  tried  in  the  machine  with  the  fingers  set  to 
a  perfect  tempered  scale,  and  to  our  surprise  the  in¬ 
tonation  was  perfect.  Right  here  our  real  troubles  began. 
The  idea  of  putting  an  expensive  Italian  violin  in  our 
instrument  had  to  be  abandoned  at  once.  The  next  best 
thing  to  do  was  to  engage  an  expert  violin  maker,  but  his 
violins  proved  to  be  similar  to  the  former  lot  of  1  dozen 
high  grade  violins.  On  an  average  one  of  every  six  violins 
could  be  used  by  bending  the  fingers.  '.Ye  now  reached  the 
conclusion  that  something  else  had  to  be  done.  The  idea 
of starting  experiments  in  violin  making  with  hopes  of 
tuning  out  a  violin  like  the  old  Italian  master's  was  a 
radical  one.  But  our  sponsor  insisted  that  the  experiments 
be  made,  although  he  up  to  that  time  had  expended  about 
$200,000  in  experiments. 

Then  followed  a  period  of  two  years  during  which 
time* oar  violin  maker  was  busy  studying  and  experimenting. 

So  called  experts  on  vibrations  were  consulted  but  without 
result.  Pine  woods  from  various  countries  were  secured, 
archings  of  all  kinds  were  made,  different  thicknesses  of 
top  and  bottom  were  tried,  high  and  low  sides,  different 
sizes  of  base  bars,  sound  posts  and  bridges  of  all  kinds 
were  tried,  and  originals  made,  but  still  the  instrument 
refused  to  play  in  tune.  Finally  we  came  to  think  of 
the  fact  that  all  Stradivari!  tops  have  the  same  thickness, 
but  that  the  backs  all  vary  in  thickness,  and  with  this 
n ew,  and  yet  so  old,  puzzle  in  mind  the  violin  maker  started 
a  long  series  of  toning  experiments.  A  top  was  made  accord¬ 
ing  to  perfect  thickness,  arching  and  other  measurements, 

•and  its  pitch  was  taken. 

The  next  hard  problem  to  solve  now  was  to  find  the 
pitch  of  the  back.  The  violin  maker  made  several  dozen 
backs  before  he  finally  found  the  right  pitch.  Next  in 
order  came  the  pitch  of  the  air  space,  and  he  found  that 


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when  the  pitch  of  the  top,  bottom  and  air  space  cor¬ 
respond  with  each  other,  a  perfect  violin  is  the  result, 
not  only  perfect  as" to  scale  but  also  to  quality  of  tone, 
sensitiveness  and  all  the  other  qualities  a  good  violin 
posesses . 

Several  hundred  violins  have  now  been  made  accord¬ 
ing  to  the  same  system,  and  all  of  them  turned  out  the 
same  satisfactory  way.  I  have  noticed  that  the  violin 
maker  is  very  particular  about  not  getting  more  varnish 
on  the  back  than  on  the  top  and  cause  the  vibrations  to 
be  irregular. 

Roping  you  will  kindly  pardon  me  for  taking  up 
so  much  of  your  valuable  time  ,-  I  am, 

'.Ylth  admiration  and  respect, 

Yours  truly , 

Adress:  \f-LO 

<&.  S 

53 not  /a  7 


Thomas  A. Edison’s 

New  Invention.  Actually  Re-creates 
All  Forms  of  Music 


Hear. This  New  Edi s 

At  Our  Store j?*"'  New  copy  for  \ 

r.  Meadoweroft,  ^estroy  Previous  oyj 

Laboratory  <Plaoe 

_ _ 

The  United  States  aoverment  has  granted  Thomas  A.  . 

Edison  the  exclusive  right  to  use  the  word  "Re-Creation"  as 
a  name  for  phonograph  records.  {f]  — 1 

Ho  talking  maohine  manufacturer  can  lawfully  U“e/7\W  - 

this  word  for  Buoh  purpose,  and  there  is  no  talking  maohin'K/T  ■ 

reoord  to  which  the  word  would  he  appropriate.  KWW&*r>' • 

The  Hew  Edison  is  not  a  talking  maohine,  and  th8r°\/A 
is  no  talking  maohine  manufacturer  who  will  guarantee  in  wrypjpc 
ing  that  his  talking  maohine  will  do  what  the  Hew  Edison  has 
repeatedly  done  in  public#  rtlA  f  _ 

This  is  what  the  Hew  Edison  has  done  in  public  on  JlJl&vUtA*-* 

three  hundred  different  occasions  before  more  than  two  0 

hundred  thousand  musio  lovers  t  Great  artists  such  as  Marie  ^  A 
Rappold,  Anna  Case.  Alice  Verlet,  Christine  Miller,  Arthur  , 

Middleton  and  Thomas  Chalmers  have  stood  beside  this  won**r‘  frSUY*'* 
ful  new  instrument  and  have  sung  in  direot  comparison  with  its  « 

Re-Creation  of  their  volceB.  No  one  in  the  audience  could  /hrA/P*" 

detect  the  slightest  difference  between  the  living  voices  //'W\ 

and  Edison's  Re-Creation  of  them.  Two  hundred of  America s  f-i 
greatest  newspapers  conoede  that  Edison  s  mystifying  new  *  [/yf< 

Re-Creates  music  so  perfectly  that  the  Re-Creation  cannot  be  ^i 
distinguished  from  the  original. 

If  there  is  to  be  musio  in  your  home,  why  not  make 
it  real  musict  Won't  you  visit  our  store  and  let  usgive 
you  a  private  demonstration  of  t£e  New  Edison-Ur.  Edison's 
latest,  and  perhaps  greatest  invention! 


gWSV"' 

A* 


(Hame  and  Street  Address 
of  Dealer) 


Baltiiaore/November  2.1916 


r.  <XC  C.. 
f  l\C.O-trilA\L-  iU-t. 


Okt  l.uvv.t 

C#>  \tLC.a.r£jt. 


Thomas  A. Edison  Esq 
Orange  M.J. 

Dear  Sir:  '  . 

Last  Spring  (March  I  thinfc)\I  caught  the  "Victrola 
fever", and  decided  to  buy  a  machine  fotf  about  $100.00. 

I  first  went  .to  C.&  H.  a  large  dealer  in  VictrolaSr- 
and  heard  their  instrument,!  then  went  to  S.&  S.  and  heard 
the  same  record  on  the  Aeolian-Vocalion, and  was  delighted  with 
it, and  told  the  salesman, that  if  Mrs. Smith  was  also  pleased, 

■fey-h  I  would  probably  buy. 

But, as  I  wanted  to  be  perfectly  fair, I  crossed  the 
street  to  your  Agency  and  heard  the  $100.00  Edisoni  that  spoilt 
me  for  either  of  the  others. 

Mr. Caulfield  then  played  your  $250.00  model.!  said 
"do  you  know  what  you  have  done "r he  said  "no”, "You  have  killed 
a  sale-  I  don’t  care  now  for  any  of  the  others  and  I  don't  want 
to  put  $250.00  injfo  a  player".  It  rested  there.  But  from 
time  to  time  I  stowed  in  and  heard  it, and  it  grew  on  me; until 
I  had  ta  have  it, so  I  bought  one  ($250.00) style)  on  August  29th. 
- — '  The  phonograph  itself  is  all  that  anyone  could  ask, 

but  I  regret  to  say  that  the  new  records  are  poor  and  getting 
worse.  _  „  ... 

Last  Spring, the  surface  sound  or  "scratch  was  slight, 
and  the  Agent  assured  me  that  you  were  getting  out  a  new  record 
with  still  less  scratoh'.but  the  records  that  I  am  now  receiving 
have  so  much  scratch  that  they  are  hardly  enjoyable, my  ear  is 
.-C^cut e  and  I  can  not  help  hearing  it. 

Even  the  highest  priced  records  are  defective, -I  have 
been  waiting  for  the  Ave  Maria  #82063  Ry.Rappold  and  Spalding,  r- 
yesterday  a  consignment  was  received  and;heard  three  records 
of  it, in  two  different  places, but  all  scratched  badly  and  also 
had  a  checking  sound  caused  I  am  told, by  air-bubbles. 

My  dealer  tells  me  that  you  expect  to  eliminate  these 
defects  shortly , -would  you  mind  letting  me  know, about  when, you 
expect  to  issue  them.  . 

Pardon  my  writing  you, but  I  know  that  your  ideal  is 
perfection, and  I  am  enthusiastic  over  the  Phonograph. 


DIV1S10H  MEMORANDUMS.  1010  £ |ie.-G* 

,-v  MSC  R1CU0RD  MAHUF''  A  '  (j 

^  date  -  Hov.  4,  1916. 

TO  DO  TO  SIT  YOU  SOU  A  BETTER  POSITION 

„  EMPLOYEES  OS  DISC  MOULD  AMD  DISC  RECORD 

T0  ^mmwacturims  Divisions: 

n  “.‘“‘.nr,;;  sr-ss-*  “ 

ab°it  “iry  toVo  *ore  and  Letter  work. 

„ ».  S  tar  ssa-1^- 

beet  men  to  be  the  foremen. 

*  •„  hP  a  foreman  you  must  develop  in 
If  you  want  m  be  a  ior  f*reman>  you  should 

yourself  the  quaLi  ^  worthy .  You  must 


SJS  .!«•  -S  -  ■  — " “  -■  “ 

correct  in  others. 


A  foreman  must  nold  the  respect  of  his 
a  superior  Knowledge  of  the  work. 


thru 


A  foreman  must  b®  kaaidaandj trusted  to  protect 
but  he ^mus 7jati o n.nbei t1  i s  bis  duty  to  see  that,  each  man  earns 

A  foreman  must  ^ave  good  judgement^ 
hardest  of  all  „^inf  well  before  you  act  and  be’  sure  of  the 
yoiit^tra-  L(tl! :  thfthinlfiouf  decision  is  based  on". 

The  si  bil  i*t  y° r^He  'mus tnput°  the  SUSStVST 

organization6 before  everything  else. 


r.  Dinwidd 


,.  Mgr.  ox  the  Disc  Mould 
.and  Disc  Record  Divisions. 


Form  1740-2000-9-16 


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Copies'J'to  Messrs.  Chas.  Edison,  Humbert 


/ 


10,  1916 


Mr.  T.  A.  Edison-.  -  jf 

Sinoe  the  latter  part  of-Sepf§nVber ,  at  whioh  time  Mr.  Edison 
stated  X  had  a  free  hand  to  go  ahead  with  the  investigation  and 
development  of  diamond  points,  we  have  constantly  been  making  im¬ 
provements  and  increasing  the  output  of  points  per  karat.  The 
process  has  been  a  slow  one,  as  it  was  a  matter  of  development, 
also  we  did  not  wish  to  make  any  errors  which  would  in  any  way 
refleot  on  our  product.  At  the  same  time  the  process  has  been 
very  substantial. 

Approval  was  given  the  latter  part  of  September  to  making 
diamond  points  as  fine  as  we  could  make  them,  .025"  diameter  being 
suggested  by  lie.  Edison.  V/e  found  that  it  required  a  great  deal 
of  effort  on  the  part  of  the  men,  both  due  to  eye  strain  and  deli¬ 
cacy  of  operation  to  work  continuously  to  this  limit,  although  we 
manufactured  quite  a  number  of  points  of  this  diameter  and  had  the 
Engineering  Department  give  them  working  tests.  V/e  adopted  for 
the  time  being  ,030 “to  .046"  diameter;  drilled  the  holes  in  the 
ohuoks  various  sizes  to  meet  these  requirements;  we  use  assorted 
sizes  of  diameters  now,  against  the  one  diameter  (.065)  that  was 
formerly  used.  Furthermore,  the  holes  were  formerly  drilled  to 
a  depth  of  approximately  l/4",  whereas  at  the  present  time  we  drill 
them  only  deep  enough  to  just  cover  the  diamond. 

I  found  that  the  swedging  operation  was  being  done  with  the 
metal  too  cold.  This  broke  some  of  the  points.  At  the  present 
time  we  are  using  a  higher  temperature  in  this  operation  with  the 
reduced  breakage  of  points.  Incidentally,  we  found  that  the  wrong 
steel  was  being  used  and  that  this  hardened  on  cooling  suddenly. 


-2- 


Y/e  are  now  using  soft  iron  which  gives  us  no  trouble. 

We  now  reolaim  all  sweepings  from  the  floor,  benches,  etc., 
as  well  as  reclaiming  all  sludge,  oil  and  anything  else  which  may 
contain  either  dust  or  particles  of  diamonds.  dll  operators  have 
been  provided  with  bench  pans  for  doing  their  work  inside  of  these 
pans  and  machines  have  been  provided  with  pans,  aprons,  etc.  to 
batch  any  loose  particles. 

The  method  of  crushing  has  been  corrected.  She  former  heavy 
screw  with  no  stop  has  been  replaced  with  a  light  screw,  provided 
with  a  stop,  in  the  crushing  operation  alone,  we  have  made  a  de¬ 
cided  saving,  not  only  with  respect  to  the  number  of  points  after¬ 
wards  found  with  flaws,  but  also  in  reducing  the  work  of  the  shippers 
in  working  down  points. 

Formerly  a  certain  amount  of  borts  was  regularly,  each  day, 
crushed  up  into  sand  and  powder  for  grinding  purposes.  How  this  is 
prohibited  and  only  the  scrap  and  reclaimed  product  is  allowed  as 
a  source  of  suoply  for  grinding  material.  . 

Ihe  r.a.on  w.  are  ao.umnl.ting  a  of  I”"r- 

ly  did  not  exist ,  is  that  in  working  «P  «'■  *°  °Msl“  “ 

i,  first  carefully  gone  ov.r  PO1"*" 

operation  and  the  larger  P»..e  sent  »«  «•=  oMPP-'o  1040 

points  also. 

With  the  approval,  on  K.vemher  6,  t.  use  only  80  »»*»*- 

a  further  saving,  at  least  «  «“  •••*  ll“  *U1 

Hte  point  we  used  to  ns,  was  .055"  in  dimeter,  at  an  average 
weight  of  .045  torat  P«  Point,  whore.,  oer  present  sine  (.050  to 
.046"  diameter)  ha,  an  average  weight  of  .0155  karat  per  point,  or 
3  1/2  times  lighter. 


During  the  months  of  August  and  September,  before  conditions  we  re 


ohanged,  or  improvements  made  effective,  v 

ie  obtained  the 

following 

results; 

August 

Sept ember 

Ho.  of  rough  points  obtained  per  karat 
of  bortz 

3.53 

2.8 

Percentage  of  weight  of  points  obtained 
to  weight  of  bortz 

11.09 

8.48  f0 

Points  obtained  per  karat  of  bortz 
after  swedging 

3.63 

2.8 

After  roughing  operation 

2.43 

2.1 

After  grinding  operation 

1.81 

1.62 

After  rounding  and  polishing  operation 

1.19 

1.55 

After  turn  and  cut  off  chuck 

1.19 

1.56 

Percentage  of  finished  point  to 

Raw  material 

3.66# 

4.69# 

fhe  operation  *after "'turn  and  out  off  chuck"  is  the  last  which  in 
any  way  affeots  the  diamond.  It  represents  the  output,  showing 
that  even  in  September  we  had  begun  to  make  a  slight  improvement  in 
operations,  but  as  these  improvements  were  not  put  into  effect  until 
the  last  week  of  tho  month,  this  will  not  show  up  effectively  until 
the  October  report,  which  is  being  gotten  out  and  which  Ur.  Owen 
promises  the  early  part  of  next  week. 

At  the  present  time  we  have  aocurate  figures  as  to  the  number  of 
rough  points  obtained  per  karat  of  diamond.  Bhis  is  12,  against 
our  former  3.53  of  August,  or  3.8  of  September.  A  conservative 
estimate  of  finished  points  is  that  we  are  at  the  present  time  ob¬ 
taining  7  points  per  karat  against  1.19  in  August;  1.55  in  September. 
Bo  obtain  accurate  figures,  we  are  at  the  present  time  marking  up 
each  lot  that  is  put  through,  giving  it  a  lot  number  and  following  it 


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down  through  the  various  operations.  Shis  will  then  give  us  an 
accurate  figure  as  to  the  final  output  in  finished  points. 

We  are  not  satisfied  with  our  present  progress,  hut  are  making 
a  very  earnest  effort  to  reach  a  goal  which  we  set  the  early  part 
of  October,  namely:'  15  rough  points  per  karat,  or  10  finished  points. 
We  feel  that  this  is  possible  and  probable,  due  to  the  fact  that  our 
continual  investigation  is  bringing  to  the  surface  improvements 
which  prevent  the  destruction  of  a  point  during  the  operations. 


P.  S.  The  following  will  serve  to  show  that  we  are  also  making 
improvements  in  the  operations: 

Percentage  of  Rejections 
Aug.  Sept. 

Roughing  31.26  21.5 

Grinding  26.64  19.0 

Rounding  and  Polishing  12.90  9.3 


O.E.P. 


WM-AH 


Paderewski  himself  would  be  pleased 
to  co-operate  with  you  in  this  re¬ 
spect;  so  as  to  have  his  performances 
recreated  as  your  machine  only  can. 
Even  if  some  contract  between  Pader¬ 
ewski  aid  any  other  phonograph  com¬ 
pany  should  for  the  present  restrict 
Paderewski  from  performing  for  you, 

I  hope  you  will  try  to  persuade  the 
o tlier  company  or  companies  to  make 
an  exception  in  the  case  of  Pader¬ 
ewski:  so  that  his  marvelous  playing 
may  be  reproduced  and  perpetuated  on 
'your  phonograph  for  all  time.  > Ev en 
if.  the  other  company  or  companies 
should  not  be  willing  to  partially 
release  Paderew3ki;so  that  he  could 
perform  for  your  records, vntnout  the 
payment  of  some  sum  by  you  which 
might  impose  an  additional  cost  upon 
Paderewski's  records,  I  believe  that 
so  many  people  have  been  charmed  with 
Paderewski's  music  that  they  would 
be  willing  to  pay  a  higher  price  than 
usual  for  his  records,  if  necessary-, 
and  doubtless  your  records  of  ms 
- -'glit  increase  very  largely 


^he^safe^f1  your  phonographs.  _ 

I  am  sending  a  copy  ot  Jus 


~  jr  1 1 

\'  /  attid 

/the  Edison  Shop  on  Fifth  AvenueH^U(.tt>£<'<lC 

- -  one  of  your  $250.  machines  and, 

have  taken  special  pleasure  in t?u*« 
hearing  it  record  some  of  your^M 
"recreations”  of  piano  music,  1 

which  seem  to  me  faultlessly  cifarmf' 
ing  and  perfect.  Your  phono-p^/.*.^ 
graph's  reproduction  of  piano 
music  is  so  infinitely  superior_.to  , 
any  thing  I  have  heard  upon  the  f  CU,L  ,v,rd<nvy 
"Victor*.  or  any  other  phonograph,  ,  ) 

that  I  greatly  regret  you  have  no^“  ,k 
record  of  any  of  Paderewski's  per- * 
formances.  «**(&».  ****+»■ J  a 

I  think  it  would  be  a  great 
pleasure  not  only  to  present,  but  to  ’ 
future,  music  lovers,  if  you  would j«h*» 
arrange  to  record  some  of  Paderew¬ 
ski's  exquisite  piano  performances; 
and  that  it  would  be  a  great  mis¬ 
fortune  if  his  music,  being  capable 
of  such  reproduction  n3  your  ma¬ 
chine  affords,  should  not  be  perpe¬ 
tuated.  .  I- should  think  that 


letter  to  Mr.  Paderewski  in  a  letter  to  him  of 
which  I  enclose  a  copy. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.. 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 


November  10,  1916. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Deer  Sir  im¬ 
possibly  you  rnay  remember 
mvr  meeting  you  aome  weeks  ago  in  the 
elevator  at  Humber  44  "/all  Street 
and  expressing  in  my  moment's  con¬ 
versation  7i tn  you  tiie  hope  that  you 
would  arrange  in  3orne  way  to  have 
your  exqiii  3ite  performances  on  the 
piano  perpetuated  for  all  time  by 
the  lid i s on  phonograph  which  seems 
particularly  adapted  to  the  success¬ 
ful  recreation  of  music  on  the  piano. 

dince  I  have  had  the  pleas¬ 
ure  of  listening  to  you  in  your  pub¬ 
lic  concerts,  I  have  strongly  wished 
it  was  possible  to  hear  your  music 
properly  repeated,  as  in  my  opinion 
can  be  d  .ne  on  the  Edison  disc  far  . 
better  tnan  on  any  other  phonograph. 

I  enclose  copy  of  a  letter 
I  have  to-day  3ent  to  ar.  Edison,  and 
heartily  hope  that  you  -uid  he  will 
arrange  in  some  way  to  give  to  the 
iovers  of  music  on  the  piano  the 
opportunity  of  hearing  your  music 


'  \A  V  <»,  I  t/fr  f 

*\V  ^tfXSP*  <  *  , 

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ey~  few: 

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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


"De  Wat e million  Haftgin'  on  de  Vine." 


Oh,  de  dew  it  am  a  fallinB,  dat  'milion's  gvdneter  cool, 
An'  soon  it  will  be  very,  very  fine; 

But  "bless  yo'  soul,  my  honey,  dis  darkey  ain'  no  fool 
•Jo  leave  it  dar  a  bangin'  on  de  vine. 

CHORUS:  . 

- Oh,  de  ham  "bone  am  good,  de  bacon  am  sv/eet, 

•Possum  meat  am  very,  very  fine; 

But  gimme,  oh  gimme,  oh  how  I  wish  you  would, 

Dat  watermilion  bangin'  on  de  vine. 


See  dat  watermilion  a  peepin'  froo  de  fence, 
How  X  Y.'ish  dat  'milion  it  was  mine; 
White  foke3  ain'  got  one  blessed  bit  'o  sense 

To  leave  it  dar  a  hangin'  on  de  vine. 


You  may  talk  about  yo'  peaches,  yo'  apples  an'  yo'  P'ars, 
Talk  about  yo'  'simmons  on  de  tree; 

But  watermilion' s  datin'  dat  nuthin  else  kin 
But  bless  yo'  soul,  my  honey,  of  all  do  fruit  dat  grows, 
Do  watermilion  am  de  food  for  ir" 


Oh,  de  'possum  an'  dc  tnter  am  mighty  good  to  eat — 
Some  darkeys  think  dar's  livin'  in  a  hem; 
But  watermilion' s  eatiri*  dat  nuthin  else  kin  beat, 

For  it's  loaded  full  of  "Glory  to  de  ham'.11 


Some  day  we' o  gwine  to  Heaven  whar  de  good  ole  darkeys  go, 
An'  v.''ar  a  crown  a  shinin'  like  a  star; 

Den  settin'  "by  de  river  we  kin  eat  forever  mo' 
Vatermilions  wid  de  angels  over  dar. 

- am — 


With  the  compliments  and  best  wishes  of 
Alfred  J.  Stofer. 


PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION 


_.-  >iew  von  k  November  10,  'i916 


Mr.  W.  E.  Keadoworoft , 
Edison  laboratory, 

Y/est  Orange  ,  H  .J. 


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You  may  perhaps  remember  the  vAtter  as  having 
visited  the  laboratory  ini  company  with  lir.  John  Campbell  of  Boston. 

Hy  purpose  in  writing  you,, at  this  time  is  to  get  in  touch  with  the 
proper  party,  whom  I  believe  is  Ur.  Charles  Edison,  to  see  if  it  would 
be  possible  to  have  a  record  made  of  the  Cornell  Chimes.  I  was  not  able 
this  afternoon  to  get  in  touch  with  him  at  the  shop  in  How  York  and  I 
thought  you  might  be  able  to^straighten  me  out  in  the  matter. 

Anything  you  may  do  will  be  appreciated  and 
with  personal  regards  X  am 


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tin-panny,  or,  at  least,  like  heavily  damped  hells,  hut  the  Edison  oan  scarce¬ 
ly  he  distinguished  from  a  harp,  which  to  me  indicates  that  the  resonance  of. 
the  sound  hoard  of  the  piano  is  entirely  lost  in  the  reproduction.  If  this 
defect  could  he  remedied  it  would  add  immeasursably  to  the  value  of  the  ma¬ 
chine  ,  as  then  the  worjf  of  great  pianists  could  he  preserved  as  well  as  that 
of  singers  and  of  artists  on  instruments  producing  sustained  tones. 

I  have  always  believed  that  this  could  he  accomplished  and  set 
about  to  make  some  experiments  to  this  end  several  years  ago,  hut  soon  found 
that  I  lacked  both  the  equipment  and  the  leisure  for  carrying  the  work  to  a 
satisfactory  conclusion  and  therefore  abandoned  it.  Vdiile  the  method  I 


have  in  mind  may  not  he  at  all  feasible,  I  v/ill  never  he  satisfied  that  it 
will  not  give  improved  results  until  it  has  been  thoroughly  tried  out. 

Ily  idea  was  to  use  a  combination  of  the  telephone  and  phonograph 
for  making  the  records,  the  recording  needle  being  attached  to  the  disc  of 


WAUKON  PLANT 


UPPER  IOWA  POWER  COMPANY 

'  GENERAL  offices.  DECORAH.  IOWA 


WAUKON.  IOWA. 

•the  telephone  receiver.  One  or  more,  probably  several,  transmitters  or 
microphones,  would  then  be  used,  and  these  would  be  connected  in  series  or 
multiple  and  suitably  disposed  about  the  piano,  both  in  front  and  behind 
the  sounding  board,  and  some  perhaps  attached  to  the  sounding  boarder  the 
case.  A  combination  of  this  sort  with  the  use  of  inductances,  condensers 
and  resistances  to  modify  the  waves  of  higher  amplitude  ought  to  be  made 
to  give  piano  records  that  would  preserve  the  singing  tone  and  if  you  have 
not  already  experimented  along  this  line  would  it  not  be  worth  while  to  try 
it  out  to  determine  what  results  it  would  yield? 


’Phone  Conneclions. 


Reference:  First  National  Bank  of  LUlc. 


WHITE  SPRING  FARM 


REGISTERED  HOLSTEIN- FRIESIAN  CATTLE 


- SEED  POTATOES - 

R„  IK.  CAPiROMIs  Proprietor. 


LISLE.  NEW  YORK,  .Nov.  13,  "16 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

I  have  in  ray  possession  a  phonograph 
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and  which  was,  I  believe,  one  of  Mr,  Edison's  early  inventions. 
It  consists  of  a  threaded  cylinder  which  is  operated  by 
turning  a  crank.  To  reproduce  sounds  it.  is  necessary  I 
believe  that  the  cylinder  be  covered  with  tinfoil 

What  I  wished  to.  know  is,  is  it  possible  to  procure 
the  tinfoil  with  which  to  operate  the  machine?  There  is 
also  missing  a  stylus  or  meta*  point  which  was  attached  to 
the  diaphragm. 


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Confirming  our  conversation  this  mo/aing,  X  wish  to  say  that  in  view 
of  tho  increased  rooonl  production  ana  the  prowibility  that  tho  production  “»*t 
reafwlU  bH^ly  in  ^ooa  of  tho  present  Output,  it  in  no-.v  considered  edvlo- 
fblo  tf  oreatoToloaltion  of  Dine  record  balks  :Mr.  In  conformity  "Uhour 
oonvoraatlon,  you  nro  appointed  to  that  poatJbut  aa  agreed,  your  title#  is  to  con¬ 
tinue  ao  at  present.  Director  of  Dales  'romotflon. 

Ac  record  production  inoreasoo,  jL  scope  7>f  your  work  vmi  corros- 
sondlngly  inoreaso,  but  at  tho  outsot  it  wilri  consist  primarily  of  the  following 


(1)  In  resooot  of  Edison  artists  on  tour  (not  lnolud- 
;ono  test  tours) 'you  will  tone  okor  tho  work  heretofore  done 
10  Advertising  Do portoont  and  Trial  onlarge  it0  soopo  so  that 
worts  will  cooprehond  all  of  the!  following  phases: 

(a)  You  will  obtain  tho  mimes  of  all  Edi¬ 
son  artists  who  nxiko  nublio  appearances  in  this  country, 
either  on  tour  or  otherwise.  EIiobo  inolude  those,  stoh 
as  , Valter  Van  Brunt,  who  play  vaudeville  engagements. 

Where  they  havo  managers,  you  wUl  obtain  tho  names  and 
addresses  of  their  managers.  You  will  make  arrangements 
with  such  artists  or  art lots'  managore  to  keep  you 
nuoollod  with  inform t ion  oonoornins  tho  artists'  appoar- 
anoos  in  How  York  and  their  itinorarloo  on  tho  road  as  far 
la  advance  as  possible.  You  will  rrango  with  Ur.  .7.  H. 
isillor*  to  advise  you  of  all  new  artists. 

•  (b)  In  silvan oo  of  ovary  apoeanmoo  of 
every  Edison  artist  you  will  comnunloato  with  all  Edl- 
son  dlso  and  combination  doalors  la  tho  town  where  tho 
artist  la  to  appear,  advise  auoh  dealers  of  the  date  of 
tlio  ortlot*©  apnoaranoo,  giv©  tho  doalero  a  Hot  ox  tho 
artists  records  which  ;uro  ovallnblo,  and  urge  the  deal¬ 
ers  to  stoor  up  on  auoh  records.  Carbons  of  all  ouch 
letters  should  bo  sent  to  the  proper  jobber  and  tho 
jobber  should  bo  urged  to  plnco  himself  in  a  position 
to  surely  all  svallablo  records.  Copies  of  lettorsboth 
to  denier  and  jobber  should  go  to  tho  proper  supervisor. 

(o)  You  will  propuro  newspaper  copy  suit¬ 
able  for  dealers  to  run  both  before  and  after  the  ar- 
tist'o  appearance,  also  suggested  teat  for  circular 
letters  to  be  used  both  bofore  and  after  the  artist  s 
apjeoranoo ;  likewise  text  for  window  cards  to  bo  used 
by" dealers  both  bofore  and  after  tho  artist's  appenr- 
anoo.  You  will  also  provide  copy  suitable  for  tho 
doalpr  to  insert  la  the  program  of  tho  perfornrmoo  at 
whloh  the  artist  appoara.  * 

(d)  You  will  supply  dealers  with  all  of 
tho  above  copy  and  urge  thoir  use  of  same.  Also,  if 
wo  have  hangers  (no  we  2iavo  of  ocao  artlsto)you  will  see 
that  doalers  reoolve  ouoh  hangers. 


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Copies  of  ell  oorrooponaemo  to  dealers  slwuiA 
go  both  to  tho  Jobber  and  supervisor,  sal  t.ielr 
oo-oporation  should  he  urged. 

(n)  Xou  will  folio?.-  up  both  with  doalor 
jobber  to  sco  whether  too  dealer  stockod  up 
v.ith  all  av.'.U.hla  roocnia. 

(f)  1  shall  to  glad  to  co-operate  with  pea 
lr  t.na  ate  aeration  of  tho  ndvortlolng  .  .attor  called 
for  tv  tills  orogrr-n.  She  oamo  copy  (except  for 
Illustrations)  will  of  oouroo  ssrvo  for  several  ar¬ 
tists,  tho  principal  point  being  to  avoid  using  tho 
woo  copy  in  the  sacra  town  in  respect  of  two  diff¬ 
erent  artists. 

(g)  Y0U  ....in  hoop  constantly  in  touch  with 
ilr.  Baldwls  raid  tho  accord  Ji»»uf  CO -wring  Bivlolon 
so  that  your  information  as  to  avnllablo  records 
will  always  to  rollcblo,  and  you  will  '"go  upon 
\tr.  Baldwin  end  tha  Aaoord  .’iusifcoturinj;  Br viol  on 
tho  Bsaafhoturo  of  records  that  aro  oasontial  to 
your  promotion  plana,  You  should  establish  roper- 
toiro  cards,  which  will  show  at  all  times  in  voo- 
aaot  of  each  artist,  tho  r.  oords  of  such  artist 
that  are  available  for  shipment.  Buch  records  as 
are  not  in  stook  but  nro  in  prooosa  of  lasnufsoturo 
should  be  India  atod  in  pencil,  and  you  should  oarry 
tioklora  thereon  to  roioind  you  to  heap  advised  of 
tho  progress  -aada. 

Uu  tone  teat  engagements  I£r.  Fullor,  will  ot 
:  ft  heretofore  to  handle  the  advanoe  and  follow  up  ndvortis- 
l-  toua  tost  artists,  You  will  keep  informod  of  all  tono  —■ 
in  far  in  advance  as  possible,  will  advise  tho  ’“*•  " 

zoilable  and  will  urge  him  to  stock  up 


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As  in  other 

oanas^aarbciui  of  this  oorrsspondonou  should  bo  sent  to  tho  Joboor  and 
uloo  to  tho  supervisor.  Ion  will  also  charge  youroelf  with  tho  duly 
of  keoplng  in  touch  with  Br.  Baldwin  and  tho  ileoord  jiauTaotm-lns  div¬ 
ision  to  expedite  tho  monufaoture  of  rooords  by  tone  tea.  artists, 
nrtioulnrly  tho  rooords  that  are  uaod  iu  tho  tone  tuat  -^rformtmo^‘ 
you  will  oonfer  with  Ur.  Fuller,  with  reference  to  advertising-  master 
tending  to  promote  tha  sale  of  records  usod  by  tons  test  waists,  and 
will  give  him  such  aid  ns  you  can  in  tho  preparation  of  advertising 
matter  of  this  ohoraotor. 

,3j  yon  will  require  from  Ur.  Baldwin,  monthly  ro- 

porto  of  all  rooords  on  which  Jobbers'  ardors  have  boon  flllod  oo a> 
nlote  and  of  which  wo  havo  stook.  From  thooo  records  you  will  seioot 
those  of  which  we  havo  tho  largest  stocks  and  promote  thoir  sale  by 
Boeing  that  they  aro  added  to  supplements  and  foaturod  ic^Blamond^ 

-  ■  -  -  -  4«  hai^goro  t&c  ‘v1“  * 

memorandum) . 

r4)  fou  will  provldo  copies  for  fivo  window  hang- 

ora  pgr  aonth  in  which  rooords  aro  featured,  viz;  one  largo  hang¬ 
er  for  th.-.  largo  fraoo,  ona  madiua  sisod  hanger  for  tho  medium  sized 
frtuas,  and  thxoo  small  hangers  for  the  small  frame.  At  least  three 


points  anl  Along  Broadway,  also  in  window  hangors  whoro  this 
l  bo -used  (Bee  next  pangruph  of  “•*-  ”m  - 


or  four  of  the  hangers  oaoh  month  should  deal  with 
up-to-dato  music  in  order  to  aid  us  in  ovoroomlng 
tho  popular  fallacy  that  we  do  not  Bot  out  the  hits. 
All  of  tho  hangers  should  ho  timely.  For  example, 
if  a  oritlo  comments  favorably  on  tho  rendition  of 
a  particular  song  by  one  of  our  artists  and  we  have 
a  reoord  of  the  artist  in  that  song,  a  quotation  from 
tho  oritio'B  comment  is  a  good  text  for  a  hanger. All 
of  tho  h agars  should  be  of  tho  "Gome. in  and  hear  it" 
variety.  We  want  hangers  that  will  pull  people  into 
otores  to  hoar  a  particular  piece  of  musio.  Tho  tone 
of  tho  hanger  should  be  oordlal  and  ontloing  -  not 
stiff  and  formal.  I  believe  that  we  have  established 
ourselves  sufficiently  now  to  justify  us  in  unbend¬ 
ing. 


It  is  impossible  for  mo  to  give  comprehensive  directions 
about  those  hangers,  but  you  may  oonsult  me  aB  often  as  you  like  and  1  want 
you  to  bo  constantly  on  the  alert  to  got  new  ideas  and  now  presentations.  While 
we  boost  records  in  theBo  hangers,  we  must  also  boost  the  instrument.  In  the 
larger  hangers  we  ehould  show  piotuxos  of  tho  artists,  and  if  posaiblo  pioturos 
of  them  singing  or  playing  with  the  instrument.  From  time  to  time  you  should 
ask  Mr. Fuller,  to  have  tone  test  pictures  made  for  you  of  artiBts  whom  you  do- 
oire  to  foature  in  this  way  in  your  hangers. 

All  of  the  foregoing  is  in  addition  to  your  present  work. 

It  will  bo  noooosary  for  you  to  got  an  assistant.  He  should  bo  a  young  man 
who  is  an  export  etenographor  and  who  also  has  literary  training  and  inclinations. 
If  you  have  any  euoh  person  among  your  newspaper  acquaintances,  1  shall  be  glad 
to  see  him  before  we  take  the  matter  up  with  the  Employment  Dqartment.  It  is  my 
idea  that  as  your  record  sales  work  develops  your  assistant  should  be  able 
gradually  to  take  more  and  more  of  your  present  work  off  your  ohouldora. 

If  there  la  anything  in  this  memorandum  not  fully  under¬ 
stood,  it  can  be  straightened  out  by  personal  conference. 


\Y.  Maxwell. 


CCs  Messrs i  l.EdIson,C.H.VVilBon,C.KdlsontUambort,Inston,HoChosney,W.H.Hiller1 

Fuller, Leonard, Baldwin, Dinwiddle ,  Hayes. 


Hovombor  17,1916 


Ur.  R.  K.  Gapron. 

Lislo,  Hew  York. 

Doer  Sir:-  - 

-  Your  favor  of  the  13th  instant,  has 
boon  shown-  to -Hr.  Hdisoa,  and  he  wichos  mo  to 
say  that  it  is  not  possible  now-a-days  to  obtain 
any  missing  parte  for  tho  did  tinfoil  Phonograph. 
Shay  aro  no'ilongor  made^  Of  ebuxso,  you.  could 
use  the  tinfoil  of  coramorco,  but  Hr.  BO  is  on  thinks 
that  you  would  not  bo  ablo  to  operate  tho  oldfma- 
chino  so  as  to  givo  you  any  satisfaction. 

<  Yours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Rdison. 


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November  31st  1916 

f\V  H  " 

Dear  Mr. Edison:  „  .  . 

pardon  my  again  oalling  on  you  so  soon, but  I  have  had 
an  Biisonian  experience  that  1  oan't  help  passing  on  to  The  Lab¬ 
oratory.  I  am  writing  at  the  home  of  my  son  and  namesake,  as 
you  see.  Sunday  is  a  gala  day  at  the  wonderful  Museum  of  Art. 

And  let  me  say  again  that  no  matter  how  many  splendid  art  museums 
are  familiar  to  you,you  have  never  Been  any  other  with  the  human, 
brotherhood  atmosphere, linked  with  the  finest  art  and  the  finest 
social  distinctions — vast  wealth  and  real  demooraoy — as  are  evident 
in  the  Cleveland  Museum  of  Art;  and  in  thiB  I  am  not  influenoed 
by  the  faot  that  this  atmosphere  is  the  result  of  my  son's  high; 
endeavor — —as-  all  Cleveland  admits. 

Bear  this  in  mind, and;  then  imagine  beautiful  marble  halls, — a 
remarkable  Armor  Court, — and  from  this  the  most  lovely  bit  of  na¬ 
ture  possible, -The  Garden  Court, whioh  is  one  of  the  distinctive 
and  inspiring  features  of  the  Museum.  X  have  told  you  about  the 
artist io  gallery  or  baloony.  Along  is-  are  vines  and  palms  and  other 
growing  things, and  no  himt  of  any  instrument  for  the  re-oreation 
of  the  master-musicians1,  art.  While  the  visitors — more  than  four 
thousand — are  stroling  about, suddenly  they  hear  the  Coronation 
March, ooming  from  a  group  of  palms  and  ferns,  above  them  and  out 
of  sight.  Instantly  there  is  silence.  Everyone  looks  upward;.  "What 
orohestra  is  that?"  or  "Who  is  singing  that  lovely  thing-?"  No  one 
imagines  meotianism,  the  re-oreation  is  so  utterly  perfect. 

After  the  march  is  followed  by  the  Benediction  of  the  poignards, 
a  few  moments  are  allowed  and1,  then  Spaldingb  perfeot  prelude  to 
Gounod's  Ave  Maria  is  heard — and  in  a  few  moments  the  appealing 
voioe  of  Marie  Rappold  takes  up  the  strain.  Every  one  is  hushed. 
Paces  are  raised  and  every  expression  is  one  of  intense  satisfac¬ 
tion.  If  one  speaks, it  is  only  in  a  whisper  of  commendation.  Some¬ 
one  who  knows, quietly  passes  along  the  word  that  they  are  hearing 
the  wonderful  New  Biison  and  its  more  wonderful  re-oreation  of 
instrument  and  voioe . 

The  within  programme  tells  you  of  the  reoord’s  I  gave  them, 
during  the  afternoon.  Is  it  not  a  rare  feast, fit  for  the  gods? 

Like  Oliver  Twist  the  listeners  wanted  "More" — but  I  had  given 
them  every  bit  of  captured  musio  our  "library  of  reoords"  holds. 

As  I  dosed  and  looked  the  Instrument , and  desoenddd  the 
winding  way  to  the  Court, peopled'  seemd  to  look  upon  me.  as  Borne 
musio-wonder , as  if  I  had  done  it  all  myself l  Perhaps  I  held  my 

hedfea  trifle  higher  than  usual - for  I  was  very, very  proud;  of  the 

result.  And  my  dear-  Mr  .Edison,you  will  never  realize  WHY  I  was: 
so  proudi  of  your  Instrument, until  you  hear  it  for  yourself,  in 
this  entranoingly  beautiful  Garden  Court.  You  have  never  heard 
anything  to  equal  it,beoause  after  oareful  study  and  constant 
changes  and  experiment ing,  my  son  and  daughter  have  discovered  the 
one  epot  in  the  museum  that  aooentuates  every  oharm  of  your 
re-oreative  invention.  We  expeoted  to  return  to  our  home  at 
Framingham  on  Friday,but  have  deoided  to  rema.in  over  Sunday.  I 
oannot  deny  myself  the  pleasure  of  giving  another  oonoert,nexfc 
Saturday  and  Sunday  afternoons. 

Always  Faithfully  Yours, 

Mr.Th.os  A  ^Edison, 

Orange, N.J. 


P.S. 


-  Is  it  not  "too  bad"  for 

the  Art  Museum, and  a  mistake  for  the  Ii£2i" 

Thos  A. Edison, that  the  museum  has  so  few 
reoorda.  It  should  have  a  aeleot-  library  of 
a  hundred— about  a  third  as  many  as  I  have 
to  mTbome.  And  there  is  no,  advertising,  the 
Edison  Company  oan  possibly  do  equalt” 
this  giving  of  Biison  oonoerts  in  the  m®Bt 
beautiful  Art  Museum  in  the  oountry.  Ask 
Mr  .Kent  of  the  Metropolitan  Museum  and  he 
will  oonfirm  this  estimate. 

X  could  very  easily  give  you  a  list  of 
50  or  75  reoords  that  would  be  aoceptable 
to  the  peculiar  standards  of  the  museum. 

Of  course  no  open  advertising  oould  be 
permitted.  But  X  oan  instruct  your  agenoy. .. 
here  how  to  "get  there"  and  reap  a  great 
beneriFfrom  the  extraordinary-  results 
shown  in  the  Garden  Court ...without  any 
hint  of  advertising, which  the  t^teee 
oould  not  for  a  moment  permit .1  noted,  to¬ 
day,  in  the  trustees  room, an  album  filled 
Viotoifreoords ,  left  by  some  one  but  whioh. 
my  sonTdoes  not  allow  to  be  used.  The  Victor 
people  would  give  500  reoords  to  get  a 
Viotrola  into  the  Museum, I  am  sure. 

I  had  a  pleasant  interview  at  the  miBon 
rooms  here  .this  morning, --first  with 
man, without  making  myself  to own, to  learn 

SsEisiyh^  g  s-assa 

sgssfiH&r 

leads  to.  Sinoerely,F^_w> 


-over 


oooo-  After  the  Sunday  concert  I  said  to  Mrs  .'Whiting:  "Somehow  , 
thouch  I  have  never  yet  met  Mr. Edison,  I  feel  sure  that  he  would 
feel  a  thrill  of  happiness  himself,to  see  how  happy- he  has  made 
all  these  people, this  afternoon;  it  is  the  most  enduring  laurel 
that  any  man  could  wanx . " 


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pkkdhkici  A.  wmunraK<E 
acii-nsviisN  statk  st-khsust 

irKAMlNGHAM  OSNTISK  CONCERT 

jiassacbhisetts  Cleveland.  MuBeum  of  Art 

Sunday  Nov. 19th1 16 

PROGRAMME: 

50  335 - Coronation  Mar  oh 

50124 - Benediction  of  Poignards 

8253© - Ava  Maria — Spalding  and  Rappold 

50335 - Praise  ye  -Attila 

82078 _ Thou  Brilliant  Bird: — Anna  Case 

80209 - Oberon,Part  1  and  2. 

80216 - Peer  Gynt 

82088 _ Song  of  India — Anna  Case 

50131 - Pagliaooi 

Bohemian  Girl 

82043 _ Meditation  and  Rondo — Spalding 

83040 - Forge  Song — Urlua 

50112 _ Little  Flatterer  and  Invitation-Waltz 

82064 _ Chant  Sans  Paroles - Spalding 

82073 - Musetta  Waltz  song — Anna  Case: 

82063 _ Ave  Maria — Violin — Carl  Flesoh 

And  as  finale  I  again  gave  the  listeners 
the  beautiful  Coronation  Mar oh. 

F.A.W. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 
Gentlemen:- 


State  Mninc  N 

Aitgtteta  £i«te  ffiuspiiul  VT  [  '  “““"■?«•.» 

Aiijnstn  llovemher;  21,  1916.  .  _ 

*jUn\J&+ 


I  wish  to  state  that  yoitf  mechanical  instructor,  Hr 

condition,  for  which  I  am  vorj^^ 

I  am  writing  for  information  and  not  suggestion,  about/ 

owned^b  o  th^the3  cylinder  IandVnow°Sve”you?improvedr  ^  t  sc  /.fee  or  d  s 

I  am  wondering  if  you  wouldheapt  to  male  two  or  t  ^ 

records  to  v7hicn  i  +1  aon(,  in  which  I  am  somewhat 

starTT  and  "Rainhow.  Another  souk  +  MTn  the 

oannot  find  it  listed  on  the  disc, 

i  .I** «* 

STS  » JKS&’ST.Sfl'gR.  is* «—  - 

were  putting  out  for  the  disc  machines. 

Trusting  that  I  am  no t  ..demanding  too  much  of  your  time, 
and  thanking  you  for  pas/pourtisies,  I  remain, 

,-Very  sincerely  yours, 

'  Jfa*  — 6 
M  'H'  , 


■b 


& 


[PHOTOCOPY] 


THE  THEOSOPHICAL  SOCIElY 

LINCOLN  LODGE 

Cor  Thirteenth  and  O  Streets  Loralnc  fblloU.  Scc'y  &  Treas. 

U  NCO  L  N ,  nTs  R  A  S  K  A  Mm.  MM.  Herman,  librarian 


r.  Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange,  New  Jersey 


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\  \  ?y':^  N  o  vfeftib  e  r.j  21  c  '19 1 6  * 

«*A  A  *  £‘"\  ttf1  / 

vV  ^  V.V  i:  Vf 


j  trust  you  v;ill  pardon  me  for^addre: 
for  X  know  you  are  the  busiest  of  mi 
tod  so  talk  to  you  for  a  very  long  t: 
U~  does  not  roach  you,  X  hope  your  i 
a  r*  some  of  the  points  to  your  attent: 


IS  you  Jicrauirarj  ^ 

Yet  I  hav e _A  vj 
,  and  if  this  y\- 
retary  v/ill  / 

V  \\y 


Tn  tu3  first  -Glace,  it  is  to  thank  you  from  my  heart  &  , 
fo-  the* joy  and  inspiration  you  have  brought  irn-o  our 
home.  Four  ardent  music-lovers,  who  never  had  any  mua.0 
-t  ail  before,  now  have  the  privilege  of  the  great  artrarCS 
o-f  the  wo i*l d  before  breakfast  to  set  us  in  tune  lor  the 

.  ‘  t  we  iust  come  to  the  office  after  such  a  morning 

concert, ^deeply  reverential  as  usual .grateful Jo  God  for 

all  music,  and  to  you  and  the  superb  Edison  ar<,ioi.s  for 

this  music  -  a  joy  beyond  words.  In  my  living  room  up¬ 

stairs  I  hear  it  to  perfection  -  no  surface  vibration  at 
all  And  for  this,  because  X  love  our  Edison  so,  I  o^fer 
t>ew  suggestions  that  I  believe  would  give  it  still 
greater  value  to  folks  like  ourselves. 

m  "For  instance,  I  gave  to  my  sister' on  her  birthday 
-Viet  lovely  record  by  Anna  Case  -  -Bonnie  Sweet  Bessie  - 
v„'t  v;e  have  not  yet  been  able  to  distinguish  all  the  words. 
Tt  seems  almost  imoossible  to  enunciate,  clearly  and  at  the 
^rme  time  always  give  the  full  tone  value,  therefore  we  are 
in'  this  oredicament  with  many  favorite  recoros.  Vhy  not 
have  printed  slips  giving  the  words  of  all  vocal  numbers. 
These  might  well  be  printed  on  bond  paper,  notebook  size, 
winched  for  an  attractive  loose-leaf  binder,  and  both  songs 
and  binder  placed  on  sale  if  it  would  -add  toomuchtothc 
cost  of  oroduction  to  enclose  such  a  slip  with  each  record^. 
Every  home  could  then  have  a  volume  of  its  own  best  loved 


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/7/\ 


(2)  Why  can  you  not  produce  records  playing  an  accom- 
paniment  only,  on  piano,  harp  or  violin,  for  the  type  of 
*4'  /  songs  that  live  forever,  so  that  the  home  voices  may  have 
9  /  the  joy  of  rendering  them  in  an  artistic  way?  This  would 
i  I  in  itself  be  an  education,  and  I  see  no  reason  why  it  is 

not  feasible  and  would  not  be  very  popular.  There  are  many 


ill/ 


/  AJ  (3)  In  direct  line. with  the  above  suggestions  is  my  wish 
*  ,  /  to  own  a  few  fine  portraits  of  our  most  beloved  artists  (in 

.''V* sepia  reproduction,  thoroughly  artistic  and  worthy  of  them). 

That  one  of  Anna  Case  sitting  on  a  garden  wall,  for  instance, 
v  /Would  be  a  great  joy,  but  I  am  told  it  cannot  be  secured  for 
•  \  pV;love  o -  money.  I  would  not  care  to  hang  them  all  in  a  row, 

.  o  i  i'of  course,  but  one  at  a  time,  Japanese  fashion,  that  we  and 

vv|  tT?our  friends  may  become  bettor  acquainted  with  these  men  and 
vjvj  r,  u- women  who  mean  so  much  to  us  and  thus  establish  a  closer 

personal  touch.  Why  not?  I  would  suggest  further  that  the 
-portraits  be  of  uniform  size,  then  one  fine  frame  could  do¬ 
's  °  «  \  5  ciduty  for  all  in  turn. 

2^  vj-.5,v  (4)  Recently  I  saw  my  first  copy  of  "Along  Broadway." 

^  ^  W  ,-V  It  pleases  me  much,  Hot  only  does  it  help  me  to  understand 
I"-  musical  terminology  30  that  I  may  discuss  the  productions 

more  intelligently,  but  I  like  those  intimate  little  sketches 
and  news  items  of  the  people  whose  names  are  daily  on  our 
lips.  How  could  somebody  issue  a  dictionary  for  our  guid¬ 
ance?  That  too  might  be  in  loose-leaf  form  so  that  it  may 
be  enlarged  as  new  stars  are. added  to  the  Edison  ranks.  I 
want  to  know  how  Margaret e  Matzenauer  pronounces  her  name, 
and  how  to  talk  about  "Le  Cygne"  by  Saint-Saens  and  Leschet- 
isky's  "Two  Larks"  as  played  by  Andre  Benoist.,  But  as  it  is, 
what  is  a  body  to  do? 


(5)  Your  Chippendale  cabinet  is  built  on  very  beautiful 
.lines.  One  would  never  tire  of  it,  and  to  my  law  notion  no 
other  instrument  on  the  market  can  compare  .with  it;  though 
your  Sheraton  is  a  fine  second.  But  in  my  opinion  the  woods 
you  use  are  not  wholly  worthy  of  it.  Many  people,  like  my¬ 
self,  seriously  object  to  red  mahogany -for  any  purpose;  Cir¬ 
cassian  walnut  is  too  orhate  as  a  rule;  and  oak  is  not  the 
mo3t  suitable  wood  for  a  musical  instrument,  especially  in 
the  hideous  light  quarter-sawed  effect.  Your  fumed  finishes 
are  very  good,  though  not  dark  enough  to  please  a  lover  of  the' 
Gustav  si  Stickley  woods.  If  you  were  to  make  cabinets  in  nut- 
brown  mahogany  and  also  in  American  walnut,  dark  and  rich, 
very  choice  in  grain  and  finish,  and  with  hardware  of  dull 
hand-hammered  copper,  I  firmly  believe  your  sales  would  double 
for  sheer  love  of  beauty.  The  two  arguments  oftenest  heard 
against  the  Edison  are . that  it  has  "no  artists"  and  that  the 
cabinets  are  not  attractive.  People  who  say  that  are  not  well 


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informed,  certainly;  yet  I  do  agree  that  some  of  tne  cabinets 
arc  distinctly  ugly.  The  original  models  made  in  *wo  parts 
were  not  well  proportioned,  and  X  see  no  reason  for  catering  . 
to  the  crude  taste  that  calls  for  oak  in  the  molasses  finish. 
An  instrument  of  the  high  musical  quality  of  the  Edison  ought 
to  stand  for  high  quality  in  every  other  way:  io  should  be 
the  standard  of  values,  synonymous  with  perfection.  Every  man 
who  buys  an  Edison  should- be  obliged  uo  buy  a  thing  o-  beaut./, 
whether  he  will  or  no;  sooner  or  later  he  will  live  up  to  U 
And  since  I  am  offering  you  wholesale  the  most  unwelcome  thing 
in  the  world  -  advice  about  your  own  business  -  I  venture  the 
hone  of  seeing  a  Chippendale  or  Sheraton  in  Circassian  walnut. 
B”t  in  the  name  of  that  rare  beauty  of  Nature  which  is  never 
-■’’tificia'1  never  strained,  I  do  beg  that  the  fashion  of  cut- 
tin-  out  squares  and  gluing  them  together  in  a  set  design 
(see  cares  8-9  Music's  Recreation)  may  be  forever  abolished. 
Perhaps ’it  is  supposed  to "be  an  improvement  on  nature,  but  to 
me  it  is  horribly  suggestive  of  hari-kari. 


(6)  To  my  mind  there  are  but  two  ways  in  which  the  labora¬ 
tory  model  is  not  mechanical  perfection.  First,  as  to  sur¬ 
face  vibration  on  the  records,  which  doubtless  worries  you 
even  more  than  it  does  me;  second,  as  to  automatic  stop,  uh-ch 
is  far  from  adequate.  The  set  screw  is  forever  working  loose 
and  is  very  inconveniently  located;  besides,  the  stop^  rarel„ 
does  stoo  at  the  point  expected.;-;  This  is  a  most  important 
feature,*  for  one  who  loves  music  does  not  want  to  spoil  t,.e 
reverie  b”  dancing  attendance  on  the  machine.  Besides,  it 
would  be  glorious  to  go  off  upstairs  or  sit  down  to  one  s 
.-work,  end  enjoy  it  undisturbed.  3ut  the  stop  s.noula  be  r 
’  srtain,  convenient,  and  r*J — ’  ""  ""  +v,‘a  n1  °  Sw- 


ioiseiess  as  that  on  the  old  Swiss 
•rusie  boxes  It  jar3  one's  sensibilities  to  hear  that  loud 

,  0xiok,  and  makes  one  realize  that  it  is  just  a  rcac.iii 


ietalli< 


ai,ur  all  instead  of  an  angel  from  heaven.  Can't  it  be  muf¬ 
fled?  And  can't  the  automatic  stop  be  a  separate  lever  from 
the  stop  for  ordinary  use,  so  .that  it  will  not  so 
out  of  order? 


i  easily  get 


(7)  Somebody  scratched  our  record  that  ha3  ''Sweet  Spirit 
by  Marie  Narelle  and  chorus  on  one  side,  and  "Ave  Maria'  by 
Chari o tie  Kirwan,  with  violin  and  harp  accompaniment,  on  the 
'other  To  me  these  seem  absolutely  beyond  improvement;  had 
it'I'e  rus’c  been  written  expressly  for  those  voices  they  could 
snoi  sing  it  better.  Yet  X  have  just  made  the  appalling  dis¬ 
covery  that  this  record  is  out  of  stock  entirely,  and  orders 
for  the  Eappold  and  Spencer  records  have  not  been  filled, 
was  the  Kirwan  matrix  destroyed  in  the  fire?  And  if  so,  will 
‘  you  not  give  us  another  just  like  it?  Please,  please  do! 


A 


(8)  I  am  eager  for  more  of  the  music  by  Grieg,  and-Mac- 
rdowell,  and  Cadman.  Will  it  come  in  due  time?  And  I  want 
'^"Home,  Sweet  Home"  sung  as  father  used  to  say  that  only  Jenny 
:j[,ind  could  ever  sing  it;  and  the  Lullaby,  The  Rosary,  and 


[PHOTOCOPY] 


"Stillc  3Jacht»  by  some  of  your  noble  contraltos  whom  I  am 
sure  are  fully  equal  to  Schumann- He ink .  Victrola  owners  are 
forever  singing  the  praise  of  those  pieces;  and  indeed  these 
simple  songs  that  people  love,  that  are  associated  with  their 
deeuest  experiences,  their  highest  aspirations,  and  so  become 
woven  into* the  very  fibre  of  their  lives,  are  prised  above  any 
other  mu3ic. 

By  the  way,  my  sister  used  to  be  a  Victrola  enthusiast  and 
I  had  difficulty  in  persuading  her  to  get  an  Edison,  for  she 
thought  the  Edison  had  no  artists.  She  loved  especially 
Schumann- Ke ink's  Rosary  and  "Whispering  Hope11  sung  by  Homer 
ana  Gluck.  The  other  night  I  took  home  that  lovely  song  by 
Raps old  and  Miller,  and  literally  she  went  into  ecstacies, 
declaring  it  far  superior  to  the  other.  .  If  you  knew  my  sister 
as  well  as  I  do,  you  would  appreciate  what  that  means. 

This  letter  is  long  beyond  reason,  but  as  I've  been  a  year 
getting  to  it  I  now  propose  to  free  my  mind.  I  just  wonder 
why  your  managers  let  department  stores  compete  with  music 
stores  as  Edison  agencies?  It  belittles  the  dignity  of  such 
an  instrument;  besides,  the  department  store  has  a  thousand 
sources  of  revenue,  the  music  man  but  one,  and  I  cannot  but 
believe  their  competition  unethical  and  undemocratic.  Those 
big  stores  do  not* give  the  service  nor  assume  the  responsi-. 
bility  as  music  men  do,  and  the  clerks  are  much  less  apt  to 
be  posted.  For  instance,  at 'Radge's  the  other  day  I  was  told 
that  the  surface  scratching  of  records  would  decrease  only  in 
proportion  to  the  lessening  life  of  the  record,  i.e.,  so  long 
as  wo  have  music  we  mu3t  necessarily  have  scratch.  Gourlay 
tells  a  contradictory  story,  and  our  own  experience  substan¬ 
tiates  Gourlay.  Again,  I  saw  a  clerk  drop  a  record  on  the 
bare  floor  to  prove  its  indestructibility.  Maybe  it  does,  but 
I  would  not  buy  that  record  knowingly,  and  I  do  not  consider 
it  quite  fair  -to  you.  I  confess  to  partisanship  for  Gourlay 
Brothers.  They  were  the  pioneers  in  Lincoln,  did  all  the  ad¬ 
vertising,  and  but  for  their  energy  and  courtesy  we  would  be 
the  unhappy  possessors  of  a  victrola  to  this  day.  Others  did 
not  appreciate  the  value  of  your  instrument  until  it  became 
popular,  and  "knocked"  it  long  and  bitterly;  and  I  felt  down¬ 
right  resentful  when  the  department  store  put  it  on  sale.  I 
am' not  writing  a  brief  for  your  first  agents:  am  not  personally 
acquainted  with  them  at  all;  but  don't  quite  like  the  principle. 
At  *the  same  time  I  know  the  value  to  you  of  attractive  surround¬ 
ings. 

I  take  the  liberty  of  appending  copy  of  an  opinion  submitted 
in  the  contest  by  the  president  of  our  lodge,  thinking,,  it  may 
be  of  some  interest  to  you  because  of  the  convictions . there 
expressed.  Because  of  its  length  it  may  be  debarred,  in  which 
case  you  would  never  see  it,  and  we  want  the  satisfaction  of 
knowing  that  you  know  how  v/e  feel. 


[PHOTOCOPY] 


-5- 


It  is  one  of  our  dreams  to  have  the  Edison  in  our  lodge 
v-oom  and  should  Mr.  Perris  hav'e  the  good  fortune  to  win, 
that’ dream  will  certainly  come  true.  If  it  does,^  I  see  no 
good  reason  why  it  could  not  also  furnish  music  xor  our  put 
lie  lectures  at  Lindell  Hall.  There  is  hut  one  objection 
to  its  U3e  in  the  lodge  room  -  the  scratching  of  records, 
and  the  new  one3  are  much  worse  than  the  old.  I  wonder  if 
there  is  any  hope  of  improvement?  A  small  room  certainly 
furnishes  the  acid  test  for  music  of- this  hind. 

Really,  I  don't  suppose  you  will  ever  read  this  letter, 
hut  if  you  do,  and  talce  note  of  the  important  points,  that 
is  all  I  ask.  Ee  assured  I  am  not  expecting  any  answer  to 
it ! 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE  (PHOTOCOPY)] 


!  is  the  most  perfect  human  expression  of 
which  is  Joy"  -  the  beauty  of  the  Infinii 
j  common  to  all  peoples  -  a  mystic  -bridge 


Music  is  such  a  bond.  In  joy  and  in  sorrow  -ne 
ctivcly  cries  out  to  God,  and  music  is  the  most 
xpression.  It  is  the  common  language,  more  eloc 
rords,  requiring  no  interpreter. 

son's  superb  invention  places  the  world's  great* 
operas  and  oratorios,  within  reach  of  its  peop] 
, he  homes  of  humble  folk,  "for  the  first  time  m  1 
he  brings  the  splendor  of  piano,  harp  and  brass* 
tohery  of  strings  and  woodwinds,  the  majesty  of 


"/ire"1  ess  telephony  shows  something  of  the  power  of  vibra¬ 
tion,  but  few  realize  that  power  when  expressed  in  the  sim- 
-le  form  of  music  in  the  home.  Those  heavenly  vibrations 
awaken  response  in  every  soul  capable  of  responding;  aeve-op 
'he  capacity  of  response  in  those  who  have  it  not  -  no-  alone 
„0  nusic,  but  to  beauty  everywhere.  In  time  a  path  is  .'orn 
along  which  they  pass  more  readily:  we  call  it  sensitiveness 
It  is  an  opening  of 

“Clean  channels  for  the  instincts  which  respond 
To  the  Unutterable  Sanctities." 

•  In  every  home  where  such  music  is  heard  daily  it  exerts 
a  subtle  influence,  fundamental,  far-reaching.  Companion¬ 
ship  with  harmonies  makes  one  alive  to  harmony,  leads  him 
from  height  to  height.  In  every  heart  so  filled,  the  self¬ 
ish  the  base,  the  cruel  instincts  fina  no  room.  Nor  can 
b--o ther  war  with  brother  when  each  thrills  equally  to 
'Stille  Nacht"  and  "Ave  Maria,"  to  "La  Marseillaise  and 
'God  Save  the  King." 

Edison  in  his  laboratory  plays  powerful  part  in  the 
mivhty  work  of  reconstruction;  in  contributing  to  conditions 
that  shall  render  impossible  another  great  war.  He  who  tune 
the  nations  to  harmony  tunes  them  to  the  Highest.  An  appeal 
to  the  Higher  Self  is  a  command  to  the  lower.  Let  this  ap¬ 
peal  become  universal  and  we  shall  have  “Peace  on  earth.' 


Eerri 


/ 


November  22,  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

Can  you  attend  the  Ritz-Carlton  exhibit  of  the  period 
oabinets  on  Friday  of  this  week?  The  exhibit  starts  at  2:30 
and  continues  until  9:30.  At  4:30  it  is  proposed  to  give  an 
informal  reception  to  some  of  the  artists,  including  Mme.  Rapp old. 
We  contemplate  staging  what  will  appear  to  be  an  extemporaneous 
tone- test. 

We  have  no  idea  how  large  an  attendance  we  shall  be 
able  to  get.  The  invitation  was  framed,  with  a  view  to  testing 
the  public's  interest  in  period  cabinets.  xhe  invitation  lis 
has  been  confined  to  wealthy  people,  and  X  should  not  be  sur¬ 
prised  if  the  attendance  is  small.  However,  the  event  is  of 
nnrmi  da ratle  importance  and  its  importance  would  lie  greatly 
SSrtS  «  ;“S  could  «™e.  to  uojor  ow  Kldaj  ultomoou. 
and  spend  half  an  hour  at  the  exhibit.  The  best  time  to 
arrive  would  be  about  4:30  o'clock. 

Some  of  the  newspapers  have  learned  of  the  possibility 
that  you  may  visit  the  exhibit,  and  wish  to  confirm  that  fact 
t  iH mv  to  sending  their  camera  men  to  the  hotel.  If  you 

to  Hew  York  Friday  afoer- 
that 


with  a  view  to  sending  their  camera 
feel  that  you  can  spare  the  time  to  _ 
noon  we  should  like  to  know  about  it  Friday  morning, 
we  can  inform  the  newspapers, 


mi/  vm 


a*  ty'  *• 


PLEASANT  VIEW  FARM 


STOCK _ FRUIT  GRAIN 

L.  C.  MEYERS 

PROPRIETOR 


PLEASANT  VIEW  FARM 

S  TO  C  K  FRUIT _ GRAIN 

L.  C.  MEYERS 

PROPRIETOR 


Nevada  Consolidated  Copper  Company 


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FREDERIC  ALLEN  WHITING 


^  | ySf  November  24th  X9X6 

Dear  Hr  Edison: 

/  As  you  see  from  this  head¬ 
ing  we  s/e  atill  looated  at  Cleveland  at 
the  homd of  our  son— as  above— having  de- 
oided  JSo  pass  our  Thanksgiving  here. 

Sunday  afternoon  we  are  to  give  an  Edison 
Conoert  in  the  famous  Garden  Court  of  the 
Art  Museum,  and  X  have  oaptured  at  the 
Edison  headquarters  here  about  a  dozen 
additional  records, in  order  to  make  the 
event  more  varied. 

On  Wednesday  evg  my  son, the  Director, gave 
an  address  before  the  Sociological  Society, 
in  the  assembly  hall  of  the  Museum, and 
at  the  dose  of  his.  talk  said  that  all  were 
invited  to  meet  in  the  Garden  Court,  and 
listen  to  some  very  wonderful  musio  by 
the  NS»  Edison,  presented  to  the  Museum 
by  Mr. Edison.  I  gave  them  the  same  pro¬ 
gram  sent  to  you— that  being  all  there 
was  to  give— —and  it  is  the  simplest  truth 
to  . say  that  ,  all  were  delighted  and  sur¬ 
prised.  One.  stranger  was  so  impressed 
that  he  sent  to  the  Director  a  three-dollar 
Edison  record  as  an  evidenoe  of  his  appre¬ 
ciation.  If  only  eaoh  of  the  four  or  five 
thousand  listeners  who  hear  the  Sunday 
conoert  would  do  the  same,  the  Museum  woyld 
own  the  most  oonplete  "library  of  reoords" 
on  reoordt 

The  Museum  has  reoeived  Bingle  gifts  of 
as  muoh  as  two  hundred  thousand  dollars 
value, and  ..totalling  over  two  millions jbut 
not  a  gift.,no. matter  .what  its  cost, attracts 


the  attention, and  gives  the  pleasure 
given  hy  this  bit  of  Eiisonian  wizardry! 
Visitors  say:  "This  ia  the  wonderful  Wade 
oolleotion  just  given  to  the  Museum.  It 
is  valued  at  a  quarter  of  a  million." 
"What  a  lot  of  generou8,publio-spirited 
folk  there  are  in  Cleveland.  But  liaten! 
Ia  n't  that  Anna  Caae'a  voioe?  Let 'a  go 
around  to  the  Garden  Court ;  they  a  ay  the 
moat  remarkable  musio  ia  given  there  by 
Mr.Biiaon's  gift."  And  so  it  goes.  Two 
hundred  and  fifty  dollara  outweigha  as 
many  thousands. . .beoause  musio  has  ao 
muoh  wider .appeal  than . anything  else  in 
a  Museum  of  .  Art':. . 

In  arranging  the  programme  I  observe  that 
while  instrumental  musio  delights, people 
(many  of  them)  will  stroll  about  at  that 
time;  but  when  I  put  on  a  fine  vooal  reo- 
ord,the  strollerB  all. drift  toward  the 
Garden  Court .  .There.  iB.no  instrument:  yet 
that  rivals  "the  human  voioe  divine", and 
no  instrument  but  "Our* a"  that  faithfully 
Re-oreates  it:. 


Note  the  desperate  and  lavish  advertising 
of  the  maohine-made  affair b.  Nothing  more 
surely  indioat es  that  the  Talking  Machines 
are  feeling  the  rivalry  of  the  SINGING 
Instrument . 

Pardon  my  aoreed.  Sometimes  I  suspeot  that 
you  are  almost  as  muoh  interested  as  I  am! 


FREDERIC  ALLEN  WHITING 


November  25th  1916 

My  dear/Mr.Biison: 

/I  am  again  using  my  son's  letter 
.nr,  to  at  onoe  aokmowledge  the  reo.'pt 
.  -your  very  graoious  favor  of  the  21st' 
Ssfering  a  further  gift  of  fifty-  reoords 
the  Art-  Museum.  I  am  more  gratified 
by  far  than  if  they  had  been  presented 
?to  myself  j  but:  I  will  leave  the  off  ioial 
thanks  to  my  son, the  Direotor. 

Yesterday  his  wife  (who  is  Assistant 
to  the  Direotor,)  and  I  tried  out  the 
reoords  loaned  by  Mr.Blume  for  this  pur¬ 
pose.  Mrs  .Wilting;  Jr.-,  is  a  trained  vooal- 
ist  and  is  very  exaoting  in  her  musioal 
taste.  Not  every  fine  reoord  is  at  its 
best  in  the  Garden  Court .  As  the  environmert 
aooentuatss  the  merits  of  a  reoord, it  ddes 
the  same  for  defects, and  she  strives  for 
only  the  highest  type  of  artistry— not 
to. amuse, but  to  interest  and  inspire. 

.  By  this  oare  results  are  attained  that 
are  surprising — ideally  perfect — and  your 
additional  gift  of  fifty  records  will 
add  greatly  to  the  interest  of  the  moBt; 
beautiful.  Garden  Court  you  oan  imagine- 
.  And, truly,  I  personally  regret  more 
than  these. wards  say, that  you  are  denied 
the  happiness  of  hearing  your  Re-Creation 
in  its  highest  perfeotion. 

This  has  been  a  sort  of  Edison  week 
in  Cleveland .  In  Faust  our  Thomas  Chalmers 
has  sung  finely.  In  a  foreign  tongpe  his 
defeots  of  diotion  (or  enunoiation)  are 
not  so  evident.  It  is  a  pity  that  so 
splendid  a  voiae  should  be  so  marred — and 


I'm  sure  few  notioe  the  defeot. 

Then  yeBterday  We  were  invited  to 
seats  in  a  "sooiety  box"  at  the  Ballroom 
of  Hotel  Statler.to  hear  other  Edison 
artists.  The  programme  enclosed  will  tell 
the  rest;  but  I  wish  to  say  that  1  never 
before  have  heard  Ur. Spalding  to  suoh  ad¬ 
vantage.  His  suooess  was  immediate  and 
overwhelming.  No  wonder  that  he  responded 
with  his  best:, before,  so  appreciative  and  . 
enthusiast  in  an  audience.  No  other  violin¬ 
ist  has  ever  oast  a  more  compelling  thrill 

over  an  audience, - and  Mr.Benoist  was  a 

perfeot  accompanist .  One  mannot  say  more  ite 
than  this. 

I  have  sent  a  note  to  Mr. Spalding  in¬ 
viting  him  to  hear  himself  play, in  the 
Garden  Court, if  he  remains  in  Cleveland 
over  Sunday. 

Most  sinoerely  yours, 


Thanks  to  Mr .Meadowbrook 
for  the  words  of  A  Perfect 
Day.  By  the  way,  my  son  has 
an  Edison  in  his  home  here,, 
presented  to  him  by  his  de¬ 
voted  "Dad. "—only  one  of 
six  or  seven  that  I. have  pre¬ 
sented.  I  call  that  practical 
enthusiasml  .  . 


Hqjr ember  27  f  3J^16. 

(b++-*~£*y 

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Mr.  Edison:  . 

Referring  to  attached,  I  wish  to  say  that  miliams 
of  Toronto  handles  the  Victor  at  retail,  and  considering  the 
present  high  price  of  our  product  in  Canada  I  do  not  see  how 
we  can  insist  on  their  giving  it  up.  They  will  do  so,  I  am 
sure,  as  soon  as  their  Edison  business  reaches  larger  pro¬ 
portions,  particularly  as  soon  as  we  are  in  a  position  to 
manufacture  cabinets  in  Canada  and  assemble  mechanisms  there. 

Prom  time  to  time  we  urge  upon  Williams  the  advis¬ 
ability  of  getting  rid  of  the  Victor,  but  it  has  not  yet 
seemed  expedient  that  we  demand  tnat  he  do  so.  Williams 
is  thoroughly  loyal  to  the  Edison  line,  although,  of  course, 
it  is  a  handicap  to  us  that  he  handles  the  Victor  at  retail. 


rn/iww 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


December  2,  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

Referring  to  the  attached,  I  wish  to  say  that 
nothing  is  being  done  at  present  with  reference  to  the  manu¬ 
facture  of  cabinets  in  Canadas 

We  had  this  matter  up  with  the  Brunswick-Balke- 
Collender  Company  a  little/over  a  year  ago,  but  the  prices 
which  they  were  willing  to/ quote  seemed  prohibitive.  Further¬ 
more,  the  Canadian  jobbers  were  not  at  that  time  willing  to 
place  a  firm  order  for  a  /sufficient  quantity  of  goods  to 
justify  us  in  attemptingfCanadian  manufacture. 

I  talked  wit B  Hr.  Emery  at  some  length  last  night 
on  this  subject,  and  h|  will  make  a  thorough  investigation 
of  the  Canadian  manufacturing  situation.  After  the  first  of 
the  year  X  shall  again  sound  the  Canadian  jobbers  as  to  their 
willingness  to  place  large  orders  to  hid  us  in  Inaugurating 
Canadian  manufacture.  1 


November  £0,1910 


lira.  1.  C.  Hoyors, 

3erlin  Hoiphts , 

Hrie  Co., 

(B.iD.  #1)  Ohio. 

Dear  Uadam: 

Your  favor  of  tho  230  instant  to  Hr .  Edison 
has  boon  recoivod  and  has  had  hie  personal  considera¬ 
tion. 

Ho  wishes  mo  to  say  that, the  ylfio  Disc  rhono- 
.  graph  is  just  tho  same  as  tho  ^260  one,  except  that  it 
is  necessary  to  v;ind  it  up  oftonor  which  :.!r.  Edison 
thinks  does  not  much  matter.  Ho  also  wishes  :no  to 
say  that  the  0210 'instrument  is  louder,  but  in  small 
rooms  this  difference  would  not  amount  to  much  oithor. 

Yours- very  truly. 


Assistant  to  lir.  Edison. 


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David  S.  Voee,  Esq., 

c/o  lievada  Consolidated  Copper  Co., 
hteptoo  Plant, 

UoOill,  Hovada. 

Dear  Dir:- 

Your  favor' of  the -23d  ultimo  has  boen 
handed  to,  ma .and  I  beg  to  express  my  appreciation 
of  your  kind  expression  of  opinion  in  regard  to 
.the  Diamond  Disc  He-Croator  of  music ;  I  also 
'Jipprociate  the  interest  you  have  taken  in  making 
suggestions  in  regard  to  the  automatic  stop. 

Dot  mo  say,/ for  your  information,  that 
re  had  boon  experimenting  oh  this  for  a  long  time, 
and  rill  soon  bo  able  to  furnish  o'ur  patrons  with 
a  stop  that  will  bo  ontirely  automatic  and  that 


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i'r.  n»».s  Jl.  ^s»».  “\  IvJ^  4f*  *S^"T<4*  *  S^t<!  t^"'r  f*K*'*’f*U 


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I  purchased  of  the  local  dealer  one  of  your  Diamond  Disc 
'grai,hS0’f  'l^atetiffficul t \  in  getting 


ire,  I  purchased  of  the  local  dealer  one  of  your  Diamond  Disc 
\or.o graphs^  in  getting 

heir  shipment  was  resumed  was  a  pleasant  \y$riit,  things 
eem  little  better  today  than  they  were  in  the  spring  of  1913 . 

I  was  told  by  a  dealer  in  another  town  that  he  made 
istake  in  advising  his  wealthiest  customer  (about  a  year  ago) 


lost  at  least 
him  if  he  could 


to  buy  an  Edison  instead  of  a  Tictrola,  as  he  had  lost  at  least 
$60  in  profit  on  records  which  he  might  have  sold  him  if  he  could 
have  secured  them  from  the  factory. 

The  local  dealer  also  told  me  he  felt  he  had  lost  money 
by  dropping  the  Victor  line,  for  the  same  reason.  lie  carries  a 
larger  stock  of  Edison  Diamond  Discs  than  I  found  in  the  city  of 
Portland,  Eaine,  last  September,  but  says  he  is  heartily  sick  of 
having  to  tell  his  customers  he  cannot  get  this  record  or  that  one, 
tho  they  continue  to  be  listed  in  your  catalog.  I  heard  him  tell 
your  traveling  man  he  should  put  no  more  machines  into  stock  until 
the  record  situation  was  considerably  changed  for  the  better. 

To  shift  from  the  dealer's  point  of  view  to  that  of  the 
user'  some  of  us  like  the  writer,  have  reached  that  time  of  life 
where  our  eyes  will  not  let  us  road  as  much  as  we'd  like  to,  and 
\we  have  to  depend  more  on  our  oars  for  a  pleasant  hour  after  supper, 
jour  fingers  will  no  longer  work  the  piano  keys  to  our  satisfaction, 
/and  we  find  what  has  been  called  • canned  music"  a  great  comfort. 

To  me  there  is  more  genuine  enjoyment  in  one  good  Edison 
disc  than  in  six  Red  Seal  Victor  records,  but  the  really  fine  Edi¬ 
son  discs  are  not  yet  so  very  plentiful,  and  there  isn't  a  single 
symphony,  sonata  or  concerto  in  the  catalog. 


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Dear  Sir:- 

I  hand  you  herewith 
you  .must  determine . 

vered  that  the  to 

ound  wlien  applied  to  the  phonograph  i: 

Hy  apparatus  consists  of  a  wooden  rod 
or  more  inches  lon^. One  end  of  this  rod  is 


IS 

other  end  is  in  context  with 
its  center .Opening  in  face  of 
I  forbear  from  writine  :i;or 
Hy  apparatus  was  very  crude,: 


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Incorporated  Nov.  14, 1907 


Original  Capital  Stock  $30,000 


Dealers  In 

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Red  Wing,  Minn. 

Deoember  11th,  1916 


Thos.  A.  Eddison, 

Orange,  H.  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:  Many  of  the  disc  records  I  have 

purchased  thru  your  local  dealer  have  cracked  thru, 
spalLing  the  records  entirely.  I  have  understood 
that  these  records  are  unbreakable,  and  will  be  re¬ 
placed  if  not  subject  to  abuse.  Kindly  advise 
me  as  to  what  your  company  will  do  to  make  good  the 
same. 


EXCLUSIVE  EDISON  DISTRIBUTERS 


Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcrax't, 
Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 


We  feel  that  you  are  entitled  to  an  explana¬ 
tion  of  the  present  record  shortage. 


The  "cheeking"  of  records,  which  was  a  diffi¬ 
culty  last  year  and  the  early  part  of  this  year,  has 
keen  practically  eliminated  by  Mr.  Edison  through  the 
most  Herculean  labors  of  his  life. 


During  the  entire  Winter,  Spring  and  Summer 
of  this  year.  Mr.  Edison  labored  ever  the  chemical  comp¬ 
osition  of  the  records  and  to  absolute  consecration  to 
his  work  are  we  indebted  for  our  freedom  from  checked 
record  trouble.  During  this  time  the  production  of 
records  was  largely  curtailed.  These  were  the  months 
when  the  needed  surplus  for  the  Winter  would  ordinarily 
have  been  accumulated.  Hot  having  the  matter  altogether 
perfected  until  well  into  September,  tho  record  productioi 
did  not  assume  the  fullest  proportions  until  that  time. 
Then  it  was  to  late  too  fulfill  the  needs  of  the  largely 
increased  instrument  trade,  for  these  present  months. 


Now  the  record  pressing  facilities  at  the  labor¬ 
atories  are  greater  than  ever  before  in  the  history  of 
the  business  and  measures  have  been  taken  to  turn  out 
one  hundred  percent  more  the  first  of  next  year  than  .are 
being  produced  at  present. 

Wa  believe  we  can  assure  a  relief  from  the 
present  shortage  after  the  first  of  the  year  and  ask  that 
you  do  the  following  things: 

1st:  —  Every  Edison  dealer  should  present  to  the 
public  a  solid  front  of  loyalty  and  enthusiasm  for  music 
Re-Creation  even  though  he,  himself,  may  be  disappointed 
in  not  having  the  Re-Creations  which  he  wants  to  sell. 

2nd:  -  Every  Edison  dealer  should  have  every  avail¬ 
able  Re-Creation  and  should  push  it  on  tho  sales  floor 
to  the  absolute  limit. 


3rd:  -  Every  Edison  dealer  can  make  the  best  of 
his  opportunities  by  ordering  an  ample  supply  of  the 
new  RE-Creations  as  they  come  out  upon  the  Supplements. 

4th;  -  Every  Edison  dealer  can  inculcate  the  spirit 
of  loyal  enthusiasm  in  the  minds  of  his  help. 

This  condition  of  temporary  shortage  should 
not  be  augmented  in  the  mind  of  the  dealers  and  their 
salesmen  by  any  giving  way  in  the  fibre  of  their  sales¬ 
manship.  This  difficulty  should  but  make  us  stronger 
so  that  when  after  the  first  of  the  year  we  have  those 
Re-Creations  which  are  at  present  short,  we  can  pile 
up  our  sales  to  still  greater  figures  than  we  could  have 
done  without  going  through  this  temporary  difficulty. 

Rest  assured  that  Ur  Edison  is  doing  every¬ 
thing  in  human  power  for  us  and  that  we,  the  Phonograph 
Company,  are  doing  everthing  which  can  be  done  to  get 
the  records  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

THE  PHONOGRAPH  COMPANY, 

Manager  ‘ 


Dooanber  15,  1916, 


Mr.  Baldwin: 

The  67th.  Supplement  will  he  shipped  to  Jobbers  in 
the  following  order: 

Blook  #6 — Syraonse,  Albany,  Philadelphia,  Boston,  Hew  Haven, 

Hew  York  and  Phonograph  Company  of  the  Oranges. 

Bloofc  #5 — Indianapolis,  Williamsport,  Pittsburgh,  Cleveland 
and  Cincinnati. 

Blook  #4 — Des  Moines,  Sioux  City,  Minneapolis,  Riohmond, 

Omaha,  Kansas  City,  Milwaukee,  Detroit,  Chioago 
and  St.  Louis. 

Blook  #3 — Ogdon,  Helena,  Denver,  31  Paso,  Dallas,  Atlanta 
and  Hew  Orleans. 

Blook  #2 _ S oat tie;  Spokane,  Portland,  San  Pranoisoo  and 

Los  Angeles. 

Blook  #1— Winnipeg,  Vanoouver,  Calgary,  Montreal,  Toronto 
and  St.  John. 

This  ohange  in  the  order  of  shipping  is  made  beoause  the 
67th.  Supplement  is  made  up  largely  of  popular  seleotiona  many oof 
whioh  are  now  "hits"  in  Hew  York  and  the  Bast.  Under  the  regular 
blook-shipping  system,  by  the  time  those  "hits"  wore  shipped  to 
Blook  #6  (Syraouso,  Albany,  Philadelphia,  Boston,  Hew  Haven,  Hew 
York  and  Phonograph  Company  of  the  OrangeB)  they  would  be  "hits"  no 
longer,  but  would  have  gone  to  the  Middle  West. 

This  ohange  does  not  apply  to  subsequent  Supplements. 

3.  C.  Boykin. 

C.C.to  Messrs.  Sdison,Wilson,O.Edison,Ireton,Moss, Leonard,  Hayes, 
W.H. Miller,  Miohie,  MoChesney  and  Riley  (Shipping  Department). 


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'  Hormod-Jaccard  31dg., 

Louis,  l!o. 

Dour  hr.  lioubauor: 

X  have  rocoivod  your  favor 
of  the  20th  instant,  and  qiiiie  sympathise  v.ith 
you  In  your  remarks  about  tho  eurfaco  lioise  of 
como  of  the  records. 

Wo  loiou  that  some  of  our  records  arc 
noisy,  much  to  my  rogrot.  -  This  combe  from  tho 
impossibility  of  getting  raatorials; of  tho  proper 
quality  at  tho  present  time,  and  also. great  • 
difficulty  of  obtaining  competent  worlcmon.  Vie 
aro  tailing  measures  to  correct  tho  surface  noiso 
as  far  as  pocsibir,  but  this  V.ar  is  a- great  trial- 
for  uc'  all  around.  \  ' 

.  -  Yours  vory  truly, 

a/i73o  ;  ’  .  '  '/./  -V. 


(jyownups 

Varies 


Ur .  Irving  3 .  Koolor, 

132  Horkimor  b’troot , 

Brooklyn,  li.y. 


U7  dear  Koolor: 


not,  of  ,h0  SS'&iTL.,*, 

He  has  boon  laid  up  with  a  cova^e 
cold  over.  Gin co  Friday  of  lost  rock,  and  Me 
^Ou?hoa'  antil  today  vrhon  ho  is 
^  Q  crQ!it  doal  hotter.  I  havo  just  ro- 
coivoa  a  memorandum  from  him  asking  mo  to  toll 
Uial^ao  d0ec  not  eoc  h0K  ho  cut  make  any 
uso  of  tho  young  lady's  services  iuM  nor;  as 
a?  $£T2  i*1  “production  of  recitation  records 
:ino’  and  have  quite  a  number  on  hand 
?  to,T,orfe  off  the  trade.  2ho  demand 
for  this  class  of  records  is  not  vory  largo. 


and  ouo 


X  have  not  forgotten  about  tho  photo. 
>1  those  days  you  will  g0$  it. 


-  I  trust  you  received  Ur.  Kd icon's 
autograph  photo  in  gooa  condition. 

With  kindest  regard o,  I  remain, 

fours  vory  truly. 


Assistant,  to  Ur.  iidlOon. 


A/17G6 


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SPECIALTIES 


M  KNIT  GOODS 


ORISKANY  FALLS.  N 


Mr.  Tlios.  A 


Dear  Sir:- 


Edison 
U  range. 


Oriskany  Falla,  N.  Y. 

December  23,  1916. 

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Is  there  any 

creation  music  machfiies  h  eing  limdetoch  an 
automatical,  «. 

piece?  l^L<P 


It  seems  as  if  this  would  he  an  easy' 
matter  to  overcome  and  of  much  comfort  to 

purchasers. 

Your  style  of  putting  the  point  on  to  the 
record  is  an  improvement  over  some  others,  and 
n0w  if  the  machine  could  he  made  to  repeat  once 
or  twice  without  personal  attention,  it  would  he 
a  long  stride  towards  a  very  successful  sale? 

Very  truly,  _ 


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Ur.  Aloz.  G.  Patrick, 

302  South  7th  Street, 
lyonc ,  Iona . 

l)odr  Sir:-  • 

Your  favor  of  tho  27th  ultimo  was 
recoivod  and  shown  to  ;,!r.  iidieon.  Ho  wishes 
us  to  say  in  reply  that  tho  scheme  you  propose 
has  already  hoon  worked  out  by  come  one  olso. 

He  says  that  ho  saw  something  liko  it  in  opera¬ 
tion  in  lion  York  come  time  ago. 

Yourc  very  truly, 

'  iidieon  laboratory. 

A/1765. 


Ur.  T. A. Edison:  VA  . 

The  repairs  and  replacemen\s/of  Diamond  Turning  To 
for  Disc  Mould  Division,  averaged  $136.00  jlr  month  for  October  a 
November.  J)  eau  jC^j)  uj.  Utfifi). 

Repairs  to  Diamond  Edging  Tools  averaged  $41.00  for  the  . 
two  months.  W 0,000  ndyA.  -i*L  &cetuUn 

Replacements  of  Diamond  Edging  Tools,-  $81. CO.  ,  .  a  .  ,  &  -auj.  zajui* 

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faolng  reoordB.  I  bring  this  up  again  at  this  time,  hoping  that  something 

can  be  done  to  save  this  expense. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  [not  selected] 
(E-16-65) 

This  folder  contains  interoffice  communications,  meeting  notices,  orders, 
and  other  routine  documents  relating  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works. 
Company  officials  represented  in  these  documents  include  assistant  chief 
engineer  John  P.  Constable  and  purchasing  agent  A.  C.  Emery.  Among  the 
documents  for  1916  is  correspondence  with  the  Aimone  Manufacturing  Co.  of 
New  York  City  concerning  specifications  of  period  model  phonograph  cabinets. 


Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Pohatcong  Railroad  Company  [not  selected]  (E-16-66) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
Pohatcong  Railroad  Co.  of  Stewartsville,  N.J.,  an  affiliate  of  the  Edison 
Portland  Cement  Co.  Edison  served  as  chairman  of  its  board  of  directors  and 
Harry  F.  Miller  as  its  secretary-treasurer.  The  documents  for  1 91 6  consist  of  a 
few  routine  items  pertaining  to  the  annual  meeting. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Politics  (E-16-67) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
local  and  national  politics.  Many  of  the  items  for  1916  relate  to  the  U.S. 
presidential  election.  Included  is  correspondence  with  Guy  Emerson, 
secretary  of  the  Roosevelt  Non-Partisan  League,  and  other  letters  relating  to 
Edison's  initial  endorsement  of  Theodore  Roosevelt's  candidacy  for  the 
Republican  nomination;  correspondence  with  George  E.  Creel  and 
Democratic  National  Committee  chairman  Vance  C.  McCormick  pertaining  to 
his  eventual  decision  to  endorse  incumbent  Woodrow  Wilson  over  Republican 
candidate  Charles  Evans  Hughes;  and  correspondence  regarding  a  joint 
endorsement  by  Edison,  John  Burroughs,  Luther  Burbank,  and  Henry  Ford. 
Also  included  is  a  9-page  draft  of  an  article  by  Creel  in  the  form  of  an 
interview  with  Edison,  which  was  submitted  to  the  inventor  for  his  approval  in 
August  and  published  in  the  New  York  Times  and  other  newspapers  in 
September  (see  Scrapbook  Cat.  44, 455  in  the  Scrapbook  Series). 

Other  documents  pertain  to  Edison's  testimony  before  the  House 
Committee  on  Naval  Affairs,  his  views  on  prohibition  and  women's  suffrage, 
and  his  ideas  on  specific  policy  issues  raised  by  W.  Herman  Greul  on  anti¬ 
efficiency  legislation,  by  John  W.  Herbert  on  roads,  by  Robert  E.  Ireton  on 
government  control  of  railroads,  and  by  Rep.  Roscoe  C.  McCulloch  on  tariffs. 
Other  correspondents  include  Secretary  of  War  Newton  D.  Baker,  Secretary 
of  the  Treasury  William  G.  McAdoo,  and  Gustavo  H.  Schmidt,  author  of  a 
published  patriotic  letter  that  Edison  planned  to  distribute  to  all  his  German 
employees. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected .  Among 
the  items  not  selected  are  copies  of  printed  documents  sent  to  Edison  such 
as  various  plans  for  international  order,  declined  invitations  and  requests  for 
the  use  of  his  name,  and  solicitations  of  his  views  and  support  on  issues  such 
as  mosquito  control  and  the  need  for  a  national  leprosarium.  Also  not  selected 
are  numerous  unsolicited  letters  expressing  opinions,  both  positive  and 
negative,  about  Edison's  political  views  and  his  endorsement  of  Wilson.  Most 
of  these  letters  were  not  read  by  Edison  and  were  marked  for  no  answer  or 
received  form-letter  replies. 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Jfey  11th,  1916. 


Orange,  New  Jersey. 


%  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

We  have  your  letter  of  l&y  10th  giving  your  views  on 
Colonel  Eoosevelt  as  the  man  to  he  the  next  President  of  the  United 
States,  and  we  are  certainly  delighted  at  this  frank  expression  of 
your  opinion.  T/e  have  sent  a  copy  of  the  letter  to  Colonel  Boose- 
velt  and  know  that  he  will  greatly  appreciate  such  a  hearty  endorse¬ 
ment  from  you. 


Secretary. 


Hon. Thomas  A  Edison,  w-  ^  0\,  ^ 

Menlr.  Park,  N.  J.  I''1  fto  ‘  -.t"  c>rt/  /.<r*/t 

Dear  Sirs-  \f  ^ 

X  read  with  some  amazement  and  much  disappoint¬ 
ment  that  you  have  "declared"  for  the  Oyster  from  lobster  hay. 

Several  years  ago,  when  you  deolared  for  infi- 
daiitv  and  amainst  the  gods,  you  raised  a  big  rumpus  in  America, 
so  much  so  that  one  Cardinal  deolared  he  wouid  have  to  take  you 
*!«  vmnrt  t  cniGfla  he  did*  for  no  more  suoh  declarations  have  is- 
sSed  frim  yolfsince!  It  would  seem  that  the  present,  is  an  op¬ 
portune  occasion  for  this  Cardinal  to  again  Invoke  2jJ;B 
prerogative  -  to  take  you  once  more  in  hand  and  oubb  y°}ir  racy 
sayings.  Even  great  Scientists  betimes  make  some  awful  breaks, 
lut  you  no  doubt  mean  well,  so  we  will  Just- overlook  the  matter. 

But  that  you  should  have  reached  the  stage  where 
you  have  become  a  'Mas-god  worshipper,  is  rather  amazing,  W^t, 
for  instanoe,  do  you  mean  by  the  words  "Moral  Statesman  ?  I  never 
heard  of  the  breed  before.  To  be  sure,  a  man  oan  be  moral,  m  a 
Statesman  at  the  same  time,  but  a  "Moral  Statesman  ieunique,  to 
say  the  least  and  you  apply  this  name  to  the  great  bird  diBoov- 
erer,  the  doubtful  river  locator,  T.  Roosevelt.  Great  is the 
Tin-god  Teddy;  the  slogan  of  four  years  ago,  is  again  revived, 

"We  Want  Teddy" . 

Who  did  the  fool  triok  of  sending  George  Dewey 
to  the  Phillipines  with  the  best  half  of  our  fleet* fTaet/mSre h 
a  Foreign  power  was  brewing  at  home,  and  we  needed  fleets  more 
than  land  lubbers?  -  Tin-god  Teddy! 


Tin-god  Teddy! 


Who  therefore,  got 


3  into  trouble  with  Japan? 


Who  was  eleoted  Governor  of  New  York  when  not 
even  a  resident  of  the  State?  Tin-god  Teddy! 

.  Who  was  a  free-trader  at  the  Republican  National 
Convention  in  0hibago,1880,  hollering  for  SenatorEdmunds  for 
President,  and,  not  winning,  who  turned  to  James  G.Blaine  and  pro 
teotion  in  less  than  one  month  after?  Tin-god  Teddy! 


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IN  GREAT  VARIETY  FOR  CHURCH  CHOIRS 


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Chicago,  III-, 


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Who  sent  our  fleet  around  the  world  with  a  ohip 
on  its  shoulder,  oostlng  a  Million  dollars  or  more  to  do  it,  and 
done  out  of  pure  vanity?  Tih-god  Teddy ! 

Who  hatched  a  fake  revolution  in  Panama,  and  sent 
out  Warships  there  to  foster  it,  in  order  that  he  might  suo- 
oeBsfully  steal  Panama  from  Colombia,  a  sister  Republic?  Tin-god 
Teddy! 


Who  re-organized  our  Federal  Army,  putting  it  on 
the  European  basis,  that  his  'croney'  Dr. Leonard  Wood  might  be  made 
Chief  of  Staff?  Tin-god  Teddy! 

Who  made  that  fake  "Cheneral"  Wood,  Chief  of  Staff 
of  the  Army  ahead  of  600  superior  officers?  Tin-god  Teddy ! 

Who,  in  the  White  House,  physically  assaulted  that 
noblest  of  warriers,  Lieut. General  Nelson  A  Miles  for  having  made 
some  remarks  concerning  the  reorganization  of  the  Army?  Tin-god 
Teddy! 


And  you,  known  as  a  great  Scientist  the  world  over, 
would  again  exalt  the  oharaoter  who  oreated  more  enemies  for  the 
United  States  by  his  fool-hardy  acts  when  President  than  all  his 
predecessors.  I  am  truly  amazed  at  the  stand  you  have  taken.  Tour 
god  is  now  ohiefly  engaged  in  blackguarding  President  Wilson,  a 
person  a  thousand  times  his  superior  intellectually,  and  one  who 
minds  his  own  business  and  the  nation's  too.  Hail  to  our  Chief, 
Woodrow  Wilson!  Down  with  ingrates,  such  as  your  Tin-god  Teddy. 


Tours  respeotfully. 


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We  have  a  supply  of  the  enclosed  straw 
vote  page  from  the  Tribune  of  May  8th. 

Could  you  arrange  for  distribution  of  some 
of  these  in  your  West  Orange  plants?  If  so,  your 
oooperation  will  be  greatly  appreciated,  and  I 
will  send  whatever  number  you  require  without  cost 
and  will  prepay  the  oarrying  charges. 

Very  truly  yours^ 

General  Secretary. 


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Can  we  have  the  use  of  your  name  on  a  committee  now  forming  flationaj. 
in  aoope.of  Republicans  only, to  further  bring  about  the  nomination 
of  Theodore  Roosevelt  by  a  reunited  republican  party  ?  Please  answer 
reply  to  me  at  Hotel  Biltmore.Hew-york  City.Prompt  notion  is 
neoessary .The  issue  of  the  day  is  Americanism  of  whioh  Roosevelt  is 


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effect  on  all  lines  of  industry.  /  • 

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on  Post  Office  and  Post  Roads  of  House.  We  are  relfia^y  inf£Vine|#ia»t^  y 
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not  realize  either  the  attitude  \of  their  constituents  o^rthekEar-^ 
reaching  and  damaging  effect  of  tauch  legislature.  ^ 

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opposition  of  your  Congressmen  tol  these  measures  and  thus  fifV 
HOST  RADICAL  BACKWARD  STEP  YET  PROPOSED  BY  LABOR  AGITATQ^6^ ^  { 

"MONKEY  WRENCH  LEGISLATION" 

One  of  the  prominent  advocates  of  these  measure^ 
their  passage  aB  "throwing  a  monkey  wrench  into  the  mac^ner 
was  not  quite  so  frank  in  his  testimony  before  Congre^$&.  Y/ 
gressmen  need  light.  1 

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tors  and  Representatives  warning  them  of  the  c 
bills  carrying  these  restrictive  clauses  prev* 
bonus  or  premium  wage  payments. 

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Post  Office  and  Fortifications  appropriation  b|T 
day.  Congressmen  are  busy  and  human. \  Don't  lqt/ 
matters.  \  ■ 

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Thee  A  Bdiaon  Esq.  WestOranee  N.J. 

May  we  have  your  nans  endorsement ^and  moral  support  on  oommittee 
for  the  Election  of  Charles  E  HueHes  for  President.  No  work  or  time 
involved,  except  what  suseeations  for  campai*n  plans  and  literature 
you  oare  to  make  hy  mail.  Report  proeress  made  to  you  daily.  Kind 
ly  hring  to  our  attention  what  you  consider  essential  points  to 
place  before  public.  Twenty  five  west  Forty  Fifth  Street  NewYork. 


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National  Business  Mens  Republican  Committee. 


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"The  evidence  from  the  states  in  whioh  women  have  voted 
goes  to  prove"  that  with  the  ballot  women  are  if  or 'mo  ref  airly  treated 
under  the  law."  etc.  and  X  do  not  believe  that  a  man  of  /our  great 
reputation  wants  to  have  an  inaeourate  statement  going  the  jauinds 
under  his  name.  cj'"’’  ^ 

X  surmise  that  the  statement 


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was  founded  on  the  asauranoes  of  suffragists  andmiterfoted^rt^  ^  fU 
who  made  these  assertions  in  general  terips  niuhoiit^aotiK.l.Ly  Mcnowing  - 
what  they  were  talking  about.  f  k  ^ 

I  submit  a  compilation  of  the  laws  affecting  flonenCand  fT-  i  oJV 
children  which  1  have  submitted  to  the  State  librarians  [fend  Sommi?eicJi^3? 
of  Labor  of  every  one  of  tiie  States  listed,  ^ 

Ihe  only  inaocuraoy  I  have  so  far  discovered^ tha^c om^la t ion 
is  in  a  quotation  from  the  National  Child  labor  G0!!^tf1^,3  > 

No.  248  under  the  heading  of  Utah,  which  declares  W  £\  * 

limit  applies  only  to  tobaooo  factories  and  those  maWng/Aood^for  X  r  > 
immoral  purposes"  -  whioh  the  Commissioner  of  ftbor  for /  Jgh  2 

is  not  quite  accurate  as  the  Utah  14-y4“\  age  limit^applree  to^ 
few  other  ocoupations. 


\to^the  s^ateme? 


I  mention  this  and  oall  your  kttdntfonVU  r- - jr--.; 

oi”oulated  under  your  name  ,in  the  intertsts\of  accu^oy  and 
I  feel  that  you,  as  well  as  this  assooiationVwil|  aYSX^eweav^  t& 
conform  with. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


STATES’  EVIDENCE  AGAINST  WOMAN  SUFFRAGE 

Compilation  Copyright,  1916,  by  J.  S.  Eichelbercer _ 


>f  the  platform*9  platitudes  so  often  heard  from  suffragists,  the  following  tables  are  published  for  the  first  time. 
The  figures,  laws,  etc.,  are  given  in  full,  without  suppression,  for  study  and  comparison  to  indicate  the  so 


graphically, "^ind  to  confute  many 
—  published  for  the  first  ti 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


V 


DOUBLE  SUFFRAGE  STATES 
Suffrage  speakers  often  mention  this  subject  in  a  manner  t 
convey  the  impression  that  States— especially  in  the  South,  wit 
a  low  "age  of  consent”  on  account  of  early  marriages— do  nc 
protect  their  women  from  criminal  offenses.  Almost  the  opposit 
is  true.  The  South  alone  (Alabama,  Arkansas,  Dclawan 
jjeoi-^a,  Kentucky,  Louisujna^  ftlississi^pi,  MUsour^outh  Care 


MAN  SUFFRAGE  STATES 

15-year  limit  on  child  labor— especially  commended  by  Na¬ 
tional  Child  Labor  Committee,  Ann ual  xcmpt,on : 

School  attendance  compulsory  between  7  and  16  entire  school 
year,  except  children  having  completed  8th  grade,  and  over  14 
in  cases  of  poverty.  QH[0 

Age  of  consent,.  16.  Code  of  1835  conferred  right  to  will 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


DOUBLE  SUFFRAGE  STATES 


“Boys  10.  girls  1 6.  selling  anything  in  streets,  10  y« 
blacks.” — N.  C.  LTCrPomphlet  No.  249,  Nov.,  1915. 

Workmen’s  compensation,  1912. 

School  attendance  between  8  and  16  entire  school  3 


KANSAS  (1912) 


t,  15,  18.  Wives  obtained 


N  SUFFRAGE  STATES 
NEW  YORK 

Age  of  consent,  18.  Wives  granted  separate  property  rights, 
1848.  Control  of  wages,  March  20,  1861.  (A  New  York  judge 
in  1915  decided  against  the  contention  of  a  wife  that  certain  at¬ 
tached  property  of  her  husband  was  really  purchased  by  her  carn- 

i - 1.._! —  a  peri0{i  0f  10  years  of  which  she  had  kept  no  separate 

'***“  ’»as  widely  exploited  bv  suffragists 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


THE  WOMAN’S  PROTEST 


WHY  THE  SUFFRAGE  SENATORS  USED  AN  OLD  TREATY 


ON  Tuesday,  April  25th,  Senator  Shaf- 
roth  of  Colorado  sent  to  the  Vice- 
President’s  desk  the  resolution  for  an 
amendment  to  the  Constitution  of  the 

out  their  consent.  Senator  Shafroth,  his 
colleague  Senator  Thomas,  and  other  suf¬ 
frage  Senators,  devoted  four  pages  of  the 
Congressional  Record  to  another  suffrage 
article,  the  conclusion  to  which  included  the 
reprint  of  a  secret  treaty  between  Austria, 
France,  Russia  and  Prussia,  signed  No¬ 
vember  22,  18221 

Moderns  may  wonder  why  the  senators 
introduced  this  document  as  a  suffrage  plea. 
Suffragists  seem  to  be  going  back  farther 
all  the  time  to  find  the  “latest  arguments.” 
But  the  explanation  is  simple.  Not  being 
able  to  prove  that  suffrage  is  a  right,  that 


archies  signed  a  treaty  criticizing 
sanative  government  1 
There  arc  several  other  “gems”  In 


speeches.  One  is  the  statement  that  “The 
arrogance  with  which  men  assert  that 

be  confined  must  be  irritating  to  women  of 
thought  and  action.  Who  gave  men  the 
right  to  determine  woman’s  sphere  without 
■n  consulting  her?" 


from  29,085°inC1912  to  25,315  ml 914,  show- 

thc  largest  city  of  the  senators’  own  State. 
“Higher  wages  from  suffrage”  was  given 

Scott  Nearing,  a  suffragist,  in  “Wages  in 
the  United  States,”  shows  that  only  twelve 
States  publish  reliable  wage  data,  only  one 


wages  and  suffrage,  but  it  is  intercs'ting,  at 
least,  to  compare  Scott  Nearing’s  two 
tables  for  Massachusetts— the  State  scoring 
the  heaviest  defeat  of  woman  suffrage— and 
Kansas— the  suffrage  State  giving  the 
largest  suffrage  vote.  From  pages  43  and 
77  we  get  this  comparison: 


is  another  heading— a  delicate  compliment 
to  the  men  in  Congress  not  elected  by 
double  suffrage! 


But  this  article,  probably,  like  those  of 
the  last  forty  years,  which  Mrs.  Catt  says 
“They  got  franked  for  nothing”  will  be 
scut  out  by  the  hundred  thousand  to  at¬ 
tempt  to  force  the  vote  on  women  without 
their  consent  or  consultation! 


‘SHAMING”  THE  “SAVAGES”— A  SCHEME  THAT  FAILED 


ONE  of  the  most  violent— and  far¬ 
fetched-attacks  on  the  antis  was  re¬ 
cently  blazed  across  the  editorial  page  of  a 
chain  of  yellow  journals.  The  article  de¬ 
clared  that  anti-suffragists  arc  like  a  savage 
—who  was  pictured  driving  his  wife  with 
the  dogs.  The  picture  which  inspired  the 
attack— if  not  the  written  matter— was  sup¬ 
plied  by  and  credited  to  the  leader  and  chief 
supporter  of  the  Congressional  Union. 

The  anti-suffragists  “are  savages  them¬ 
selves  although  they  don’t  know  it,”  said 
the  editor,  and  readers  were  urged  to 
"shame”  the  antis  by  sending  them  copies 
of  the  article,  which  closed  with  the  words, 
“you  arc  both  savages.”  So  far,  no  anti- 
suffragist  connected  with  the  Man-Suffrage 
Association,  the  National  or  the  New  York 
State  Association  Opposed  to  Woman  Suf¬ 
frage  can  be  found  who  has  received  one 
of  these  would-be  insults.  The  Protest 
would  like  to  hear  from  any  anti-suffragist 
who  has  received  one.  Several  million 
sheets  of  previously  good  white  paper  were 
wasted  if  nobody  followed  the  editor’s  sen¬ 
sational  suggestion,  which  would  indicate 
more  circulation  than  popularity  for  such 

The  day  the  editorial  appeared,  the  paper 
■  was  asked  if  it  would  print  a  reply.  A 
member  of  the  staff  suggested  sending  one, 


said  some  one 
make  the  final  decision. 

No  notice  having  been  taken  of  the  reply 
which  was  sent,  a  letter  containing  the 
following  paragraphs  was  sent  to  the  editor 
a  week  later : 

“We  hesitate  to  believe  that  the  *  *  * 
after  publishing  an  editorial  attacking  the 
anti-suffragists  as  savages  *  *  *,  in  which 
those  who  oppose  woman  suffrage  arc  in¬ 
dicted  and  convicted  on  altogether  mistaken 
ideas  of  their  beliefs,  would  refuse  to  ex¬ 
tend  the  courtesy  of  a  hearing  to  the  accused. 

The  leading  anti-suffrage  paper  of  New 
York  always  gives  both  sides  and  has 
printed  as  many  as  fifty  letters  in  answer 
to  one  editorial  against  suffrage. 

We  feel  that  among  editors  favoring 
woman  suffrage  there  is  often  a  conspicu¬ 
ous  lack  of  this  spirit  of  fair  play.  Is  it 
because  suffragists  believe  it  necessary  to 
suppress  our  side,  and  do  not  feel  equal  to 
the  antis  in  fair  discussion? 

We  hope  you  will  inform  us  as  to 
whether  the  *  *  *  has  or  will  print  any 
answer  to  the  editorial  mentioned,  other¬ 
wise,  we  would  like  to  release  the  reply 
with  the  notation  that  the  editor  who  called 
us  savages  refused  to  allow  his  readers  to 


Then  the  following  letter  was  addressed 
to  the  secretary  of  the  National  American 
Woman  Suffrage  Association: 

“Would  you  mind  telling  us  whether 
your  association  has  indorsed  or  used  the 
editorial  entitled  ‘This  Gentleman  Opposes 
Woman  Suffrage,’  which  appeared  in  the 
*  ♦  *  April  lfith?” 

The  following  answer,  signed  by  the  pub¬ 
licity  manager,  was  received: 

“In  reply  to  your  letter  of  April  28th  I 
have  no  objection  to  informing  you  that  our 
association  has  neither  endorsed  nor  used 
the  editorial  entitled  ‘This  Gentleman  Op¬ 
poses  Woman  Suffrage,’  which  appeared  in 
the  New  York  Sunday  *  *  *  April  16th.” 

The  National  Suffrage  Association  always 
exercises  more  dignity  and  taste  in  its 
methods  and  discussions  than  the  Congres¬ 
sional  Union,  the  “militants.” 

Tiie  Woman’s  Protest  is  glad  to  record 
the  fact  that  neither  the  public  nor  the 
National  Suffrage  Association  could  be  in¬ 
duced  by  the  leader  of  the  Congressional 
Union  and  the  editor  of  a  yellow  journal  to 

The  answer  to  the  editorial  may  be  had 
upon  application  by  anyone  interested. 


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THE  WOMAN’S  PROTEST 


THE  ACTIVE  OPPOSITION  TO  WOMAN  SUFFRAGE 


CONNECTICUT 


A  .THOUGH  the  presidential  elections 
arc  mouths  away,  and  the  opening 
of  the  campaign  does  not  come  until  Sep¬ 
tember,  the  directorate  of  the  State  Asso¬ 
ciation  Opposed  to  Woman  Suffrage  is 
already  planning  for 
similar  in  organization 
publican  and  democratic 

prepared"  to  wage  war  against  the  efforts 
of  the  suffragists  from  the  beginning  of  the 
campaign.  This  committee  «*“ 
probability  consist  of  members 
senatorial  district  who  will  act  t 
their  own  organizations,  and  who,  in  turn, 
will  appoint  other  members  in  their  dis¬ 
tricts,  thereby  reporting  for  every  town  in 
the  Stale  through  the  district  chairmen  to 
the  directorate  in  Hartford.  After  Easter 
the  campaign  of  publicity,  through  addresses 
and  debates  with  suffragist  speakers,  will  be 
continued,  but  during  Holy  Week  no  meet¬ 
ings  were  held,  although  Mrs.  D.  A.  Mark¬ 
ham,  the  State  president,  and  Mrs.  Lyndc 
Harrison,  of  New  Haven,  went  to  New 
York  for  the  national  directors’  meeting. 

meeting  on  an  address  delivered  to  the  con¬ 
gregation  of  the  Church  of  Our  Lady  of 
Lourdes,  by  the  Rex*.  J.  II.  McMahon,  in 
which  the  priest  declared,  while  preaching 

that  the  Catholic  church,  and  particularly 
Catholic  women,  should  organize  to  coun¬ 
teract  any  foothold  woman  suffrage  may 
gain,  “any  inroads  it  may  make  among  their 

individualism  which  will  lead  to  feminism 
and  lax  standards  of  morals.  It  would  re¬ 
sult  in  the  degradation  of  women  rather 
than  their  uplifting,”  said  Father  McMahon. 

|  MASSACHUSETTS  j 


aroused  by  the  reports  of  the  workers  in 
the  field  in  Iowa.  Later  there  was  an  in¬ 
formal  luncheon  at  Cook’s,  when  Mrs.  John 
Batch,  Mrs.  Henry  Preston  White  and  Mrs. 
Edwin  Ford  gave  interesting  accounts  of 
their  visit  to  the  west. 


L  charge  o 


c  anti-suffrage 

. . . .  Ibttr  Theater,  Boston, 

Monday,  May  8th,  at  2.30  p.  m. 

Her  assistants  with  the  program  and  list 
of  patronesses  are  Mrs.  I.  Tucker  Burr, 
Mrs.  Howard  Elliott  and  Mrs.  Ezra  R. 
Thayer.  Miss  Eleanor  W.  Allen  has  charge 
of  the  music,  and' is  assisted  by  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  Malcolm  Lang  and  Mrs.  Frederic  R. 
Galacar.  The  finance  committee  includes 
Messrs.  I.  Tucker  Burr,  Charles  Francis 
Adams  2d  and  Richard  M.  Saltonslall. 

Mrs.  A.  II.  Parker  presided  at  a  meet¬ 
ing  of  the  branch  chairmen  of  the  state, 
held  at  headquarters  in  the  Kensington 
building.  Chairmen  from  all  over  the  State 
were  in  attendance,  and  much  interest  was 


Opposed  to  Woman  Suffrage, 

May  2d,  at  the  Washington,  Newark,  was 
the  occasion  of  a  great  rally  of  the  anti- 
suffrage  forces  of  that  State. 

Mrs.  E.  Yarde  Breesc,  who  was  re-elected 

hensive  review  of  the  New  Jersey  campaign 
last  fall,  closing  with  an  eloquent  pica  for 
co-operation  with  the  National  Association 
in  the  campaign  States  of  Iowa,  West  Vir¬ 
ginia  and  South  Dakota. 

“New  Jersey  has  always  stood  out  in 
cx’crytliing  she  has  done,"  said  Mrs.  Brcese, 
“and  therefore  she  must  lead  the  way  in 

Plans  were  perfected  for  extending  the 
organization  into  ex*ery  county,  town  and 
hamlet  in  the  State. 

The  first  speaker  was  Miss  Lucy 
Jean  Price.  Calling  attention  to  decora¬ 
tions  of  orange  and  black  left  from  a  previ¬ 
ous  banquet,  Miss  Price  aroused  a  general 

that  you  observe  the  mourning  band  across 
the  yellow.” 

Miss  Price  declared  that  the  effect  of 
woman  suffrage  would  not  be  good  upon 

because  four  States  realized 

tics  than  in  it  that  woman  suffrage  was  de¬ 
feated  last  November,"  she  said.  “We 

a  State  after  woman  suffrage  was  extended 
to  it  that  had  not  been  previously  passed  in 
a  male  suffrage  State.” 

Mr.  John  A.  Matthews,  former  member 
of  the  New  Jersey  Lcgislati 
the  suffragists  had  been  going 
plaining  of  child  labor  in  New  Jersey  and 
Pennsylvania,  where  conditions  were  really 
much  better  than  in  Colorado,  “that  para¬ 
gon  of  suffrage  imperfection”  where  chil¬ 
dren  from  8  to  17  were  being  exploited. 

The  officers  elected  arc  listed  on  page  two. 


the  nominating  committee,  presented  the 
names  for  officers  and  an  executive  board 
to  serve  for  two  years  as  follows: 

President,  Mrs.  William  A.  Putnam; 
Vice-President,  Mrs.  Horatio  M.  Adams; 
Secretary,  Mrs.  George  Phillips;  Treasurer, 
Miss  Edith  Brett  Southard;  to  serve  for 
two  years — Miss  Marguerite  A.  Bcggs,  Mrs. 
William  II.  Ford,  Miss  Marie  C.  Gelpckc, 
Mrs.  Russell  M.  llcrrick,  Mrs.  Frederick 
W.  Moss,  Mrs.  William  Murray,  Mrs. 
Frederick  T.  Parsons,  Mrs.  Edgar  S. 
SImmway. 

Mrs.  William  A.  Putnam  presided  and 
made  an  earnest  appeal  for  financial  sup¬ 
port  in  the  coming  year  and  a  half.  She 
paid  a  tribute  to  the  men  of  Kings  County, 
who  had  voted  against  the  xvoman  suffrage 
amendment.  She  said  that  she  believed  this 
adverse  vote  would  be  largely  increased  in 


NEW  YORK 


possible  upon  the  mi 
campaign  year.  She  spoke  of  the  devoted 
service  of  the  members  in  the  different 
assembly  districts  who  worked  quietly  and 
xvithout  spectacular  effects  to  impress  the 
voters  that  women  do  not  want  the  ballot. 


Republican  Club.  She  said  tb 
great  interest  iu  the  Twentieth  Assembly 

Mrs.  Russell  M.  Herrick,  Chairman  of 
the  Membership  Committee,  spoke  of  the 
encouraging  result  by  her  committee  in 
getting  new  members,  many  having  joined 
within  the  last  few  months. 

Mrs.  Herrick  also  referred  to  the  loss 
that  the  association  had  sustained  by  the 
death  of  the  first  chairman  of  the  Mem¬ 
bership  Committee,  Mrs.  Albert  Crolius. 

Miss  Marguerite  Bcggs,  Chairman  of  the 
Anti-Suffrage  Junior  League,  spoke  of  the 
dance  at  the  Hotel  St.  George  the  evening 
of  Tuesday,  May  9.  Miss  Marion  V 
Donald  is  Chairman  ol 


le  Ticket  Com- 


PUBLIC  office  sent  on  approval  with 
return  privileges— is  the  latest  thing 
in  votcs-for-xvoincn. 

The  first  xvoman  to  be  elected  mayor  of 
a  California  city  has  resigned  on  the  eve 
of  taking  office  because  she  xvould  rather 
be  a  trustee.  She  does  not  like  the  mayor¬ 
alty  present,  it  seems,  and  wants  to  cx- 


THE  active  members  of  the  Brooklyn 
Auxiliary  of  New  York  State  As¬ 
sociation  Opposed  to  Woman  Suffrage  held 

Mrs*!  William  A.  Putnam,  70  Willow  Street, 
April  18lli.  Mrs.  Henry  E.  Idc,  chairman  of 


Woman  can,  through  the  votes  of  men, 
have  every  right  to  xvhich  she  is  entitled. 
Bishop  John  II.  Vincent, 
Founder  of  Chautauqua . 


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WHAT 
STATE  LAWS 
AND  THE 

FEDERAL  CENSUS 

SAY  ABOUT 

CHILD  LABOR 


National  (Oljilb  ffialinr  (Smumittcc 

INCORPORATED 

105  East  22d  Street,  New  York  City 


The  Work  of  the  Committee  Is  Entirely 
Supported  by  Voluntary  Gifts. 

"  Help  us  to  secure  a  Federal  Lawl ” 


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o  States  Having  Standard  Provisions  Without*  gg| 
Jj"  Exemptions  <  g®, 

a.  14-ycar  limit  in  factories  and  canneries  H>  g* 


TABLE  H. 

States  Weakening  or  Nui-lifying  StandaiW  H-  « 

Provisions  by  Exemptions  o*  ct- 

.  8  §  t 

o.  14-ycar  limit  in  factories  with  exemptions  ^  g; 
specified  §  K  5- 

California,  weekly  school  holidays  and  vacation  Cl  CO  9 
Colorado,  vacation  ul! 

Delaware,  (1)  canneries:  (2)  poverty  m  p.  l^J 


b.  No  16-year  limit  for  night  work  in  factories  «  -'.OT 


3  'b.  16-year  limit  for  night  work  in  factories  ai 


*  California  Idaho 

S'  District  North  Can 


.1.  i.  16-year  limit  in  mines  and  quarries 

?  Alabama  Kentucky  Oklahoma 

,i  Arizona  Maryland  Tennessee 


Tennessee,  canneries  .S  1- 

Texas,  15-year  limit  applies  only  to  factories  wg  o 
"dangerous  machinery”  .  .  bf  c 

Utah,  14-ycar  limit  applies  only  to  tobacco  factoncs  aW  .  E 
those  making  goods  for  immoral  purposes  B  P  j 

Vermont  .exempts  places  employing  less  than  ten  persofik  c 
Virginia,  (1)  canneries;  (2)  special  permit  M  g 

Washington,  poverty  2  R  \ 

West  Virginia,  special  permit  H  Hr  < 

b.  16-ycar  limit  for  night  work  in  factories  with  <4  c 

exemptions  specified  ! 

Colorado,  (1)  vneation:  (2)  special  permit  §  ct  ; 

Maine,  "perishable  products"  _  Hi  P  j 

Mississippi,  10-ycar  limit  applies  only  to  girls  H>  %  ( 

Virginia,  (1)  canneries:  (2)  special  permit  M 

c.  S-liour  day  under  10  in  factories  with  e^x  E- 

emptions  specified  °  § 

Colorado,  (1)  vacation;  (2)  special  permit  P  Q 

Indiana,  consent  of  parents  o  h 

Mississippi,  applies  only  to  girls  ri  ^ 

Washington,  applies  only  to  girls  “  g 


Vermont,  (1)  outside  of 
elementary  school 
West  Virginia,  vacation 


lout  ALL  FOUR  stand’ l 


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TABLE  IV. 

Latest  Official  Figures 


Child  Laboi 


STATE  OF  NEW  JERSEY  ^  S  ^  ^ 

COMMISSION  ON  ROAD  LEGISLATION 

July  LHh._13J.fr; 


'***  Sir:Encios3d  yQu  vdU  find  a  list  of  statements  and  questions  faring  on 
tha  road  situation  in  Han  Jersey. 

They  were  not  framed  for  the  purpose  of  obtaining  specific  answers  alon- 
certain  prescribed  lines,  but  rather  with  a  view  to  arousing  state-ide  interest 
and  discussion  of  different  phases  of  this  important  topic  of  roads. 

All  the  .people  of  '.lew  Jersey  are  diroctxy  or  indirect  1,  cone 
good  roads.  The  Commission,  therefore,  desires  to  enlist  in 
ish  and  intelligent  assistance  of  every  person  and  organisation  in  the  State. 

It  is  requested  that  individual  citizens,  companies  or  corporations  com¬ 
municate  their  views  fully  and  frankly.  Boards  of  trade,  civic  organizations,  . 
granges  and  other  similar  bodies  are  earnestly  urged  to  acquaint  their  constitu¬ 
ents  with  the  subject  natter  of  the  qusstionaire,  and  to  as!;  them  also, 
their  opinions  directly  to  the  Commission. 

Facto  and  suggestions  secured  in  this  manner  from  all  over  the  State  wiU 
help  the  Commission  materially  ir.  formulating  and  prosecuting  a  plan  of  attach  on 
the  road  problem  aid  will  make  its  ultimate  recommendations  carry  the  weight 
general  popular  demand. 

,  nay  we  ask  you  kindly  to  regard  compliance  with  this  request  as  a  duty 
which  you  owe  the  State,  aid  to  inform  us  that  we  can  count  on  your  co-operation 

ir.  the  difficult  task  we  are  undertaking  ? 

'  Very  truly  yours, 

Him  .  Jofel  V.  HERBERT , 


July  14  th,  1916. 
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Ar 3  ..70  getting  full  and  honest  returns 
which  we  enter?  ' 

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capable  of  automatic  expansion  and ^ct  o“iy  under  the  stress  of  necessity, 

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!h.  Good  Hood.  G«d.oion  “M"”**?  “  jSSlS!  ’“oh 

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frankly  and  fully  'give  your  ideas  on  the  subject.  ^ 

Please  bear  in  mind  that  the  Commission  »  ^"^^’^^SLS^tion, 
road  situation,  and  is  not  committed  to  any  P^conceived 
road-maintenance,  road -administration,  or  road-finance. 

It  is  b  Sieved,  however,  that  there  are  c9^a*",  thi^ho^  sub  j  ec  t  of  S.ooi 

law,  finance,  administration  and  operation  u“4erlying  th  su£gestions  will 

reads,  and  aiy  help  you  will  give  by  your  careful  thought  and  1^^^  9nable 

greatly  assist  in  discovering  what  these  Principles  are  an 
the  Commission  to  apply  them  to  Hew  Jersey  roads. 


Kindly  mail  all  letters  before  August  1st  t 


John  C.  Herbert,  Chairman, 

15  Exchange  Place, 

Citv.  H.  J. 


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on.  ‘RICHARD  W.  AUSTIN;  Chairman  Finance  Committee 
National  Republican  Congressional  Committee 
Washington,  D.  C. 

I  hereby  agree  to  contribute  to  the  National  Republican  Congressii 

le  sum  of. . ($ . )  and  will  pay  the  same  on  c 

91 .  This  individual  contribution  is  made  voluntarily  as  a  private 

igitimate  expenses  in  assisting  in  electing  a  Republican  Senate  and  Hou 
f  the  United  States. 


nal  Committee,  Washington,  D.  C 

:itizen  and  is  to  be  used  to  defray  th 
e  of  Representatives  of  the  Congrei 


''jjdxw  *to  C.Y'<8c(  ~ 

George  Creel  ^  | 


July  25,  1916 


a  writing  as  the  chai rma^^Ptl^e’  commit  t e 
Lgned  to  this  letter.  Ue  have  associated 


for  the  support  of  Woodrow  Wilson,  meaning  to  work  for  him  to  the 
limit  of  our  time  and  energies.  We  feel  that  he  stands  for  demcc  racy 
against  imperalism,  for  legitimate  business  against  "  loaded  dice 
business,  for  peace  against  jingoism,  and  for  an  adequate  prepared- 
-ness  that  ignores  the  clamor  of  pacifists  and  militarists,  heeding 
only  the  needs  of  America.  Lure  than  any  president  since  Lincoln, 
he  has  been  called  upon  to  solve  tremendous  projlems,  and  while  his 
solutions  may  afford  just  ground:  for  criticism  in  many  instances, 
he  has  met  them  all  with  honesty,  courage  and  Americanism. 

;lS  writers,  we  have  admired  you  and  loved  you,  and  deep  in 
our  hearts  is  the  conviction  that  you  carry  more  weight  with  the 
..meric an  people  than  any  other  one  man.  What  we  are  hoping  is  that 
you  will  throw  his  tremendous  influence  to  Woodrow  Wilson. 

IT.  Tughes  will  make  his  speech  of  acceptance  Monday,  and 
it  will  be  carried  in  Tuesday  morning  papers?  Y/ha\  we  are  looking  for 
is  some_big  Y/ilson  feature  for  the  press  associations  to  carry  on 
Mnesday  morning.  ill  of  »a  agree  that  a  talent  fro.  you  <™U 
be  just  the  thing.  2c.  CcCormiek,  ohairpan  -f  the  national  Committee, 
with  whom  we  have  conferred,  is  of  the  same  opinion. 

Vie  are  in  nr  sense  presuming  to  argue  with  you  or  seeking  to 


influence  your  judgment.  Y/hat  v/e  mean  is  this;  .if  you  have  made 
up  your  mind  that  Llr.  Y/ilson  is  to  he  preferred  to  Ur.  Hughes,  we  ke 
beg  a  statement  to  t’ is  effect,  and  suggest  ’Vdnesday  morning  as 
the  psychological  moment. 

May  I  ask  that  you  write  mo  at  the  Players  club.  Cramer ay  psk* 
park,  Iiew  York  city,  acquainting,  me  with  your  decision.  If  there 
are  any  points  in  connection  with  the  Wilson  policies  over  which 
you  are  in  doubt,  I  would  be  glad  to  call,  bringing  Mr.  McCormick 
wi th  me . 

Believe  us  to  be,  with  every  assurance  of  affectionate 


admiration, 


Your  sincere 


friends 


C, 


Chairman 


-Ray  Jtannard  Baker 
Meredith  I'icholson  \ 

Herbert  Uuick 
Henry  'ones  Ford 
Ellis  Parker  Butler 
Eugene  Manlove  Rhodes 
Charles  Wadsworth  Camp 
Frank  Vrooman 

Augustus  Thomas  dh.oj.-l  ».u»j 

William  Leavitt  otoddard  Edgar  Selwyn 
J.  O'Hara  Cosgrave  Albert  Jay^IIook 

George  Middleton 


Irvin  Cobb 
Dr.  Frank  Crane 
Oliver  Uerford 
Percy  Mackaye 
leter  B.  Kyne- 
John  Reed  . 

Yiitter  Binner 
Dante-  Barton 
Basil  Manley 


George-  West 


Tincoln  Steffens 
Frederick  C.  Howe 
Harvey  J.  O'Higgins 
Opie  Read. 

Bayard  Yeiller 
Stoughton  Cooley 
Charles  Johnson  Post 
William  McLeod  Paine 
Boardman  Robinson 
James  Forbes 
Richard  Tloyd  Jones 
William  L.  Chenery 


Life  Extension  institute,  inc. 

To  disseminate  and  apply  ^noifl/e^e  0/ Me  4jc/ence  tt! 

fnctetei^  checked  or  cured.  Deolsed  especially  to  sene  Insur¬ 

ance  companies,  business  and  other  organizations  as  veil  as  Individual  applicants. 


(  /  460  Prospect  street,  Eew  i-raven,  Conn., 

•r.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  $  ^  yw<r-Ti- 

,ran'e' iT- J-  ^1—  f r  v  JTU"  £*• 

iy  dear  1'r.  Edison:  (J^  \ 

In  January  I  wrote  aekine^  you  ^ojoij^a 
'or  National  Prohibition,  th?n*fn  fU^ly 

;rganized.  As  I  have  recei^e»_a^er^  t»t^s  W^^tter 
vas  lost  and  I  air.  therefore  w5VrAf^again .  /j 

The  Cortir.it tee  wao  .started  at  the  sugg&stigr^  %j£x 
I  ill  who  was  a  great  believer,  in 

among  other  things,  to  br ingWo ‘'ttTe ‘'fnt i^|c£i-o  1  W0£eljX  4[:^X°1ee|f 
from  the  side  of  science,  relfe^r^^C>^?^vf,^J^ 


among  other  things,  to  bring^fe'^i^fe.ol  move^nt  n^oroa« 
from  the.  side  of  science, 

recently  declared  themselves .'A^e^rces  ^ejj^e^ped^rapidl^in 

the  last  few  years,  and  haftl^^h^uttoea^ofjp'gr  leg^'t&(U>c^ 
startling  prohibitory  meas^'epXSX 
strong  movement  in  Canada  is  heingpr  eiJare^i 

In  our  own  country, ‘Mjffhty  psroer.t  ^of_  £tL£&*£y 

sixty  percent  of  our  population(^'*a^^fj^rJj^ ® 
voted  by  a  majority,  though 
to  submit  a  constitutional  amenfe^n^t 


,y  impulse  from  the  great 


LationJ^^alrl^dy"  ^rjtV  Tj^^^i.that^Congrei 

great  ^MmSf^t,  X a  relation  to  many, 


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WE,  THE  UNDERSIGNED,  BELIEVING  THE  LIQUOR  PROBLEM  TO 
BE  ONE  OF  THE^OST  VITAL  AND  PRESSING  ISSUES  IN  AMERICAN  POLITICS, 
CONSTITUTE  OURSELVES  A  COMMITTEE  TO  SECURE  3,000,000  SIGNERS  TO 
THE  F0LL0Y7ING  PLEDGE: 

Whenever  a.  politician,  or  an  executive  officer,  or  a 
political  iJarty  prefer*  the  liquor  traffic  above  public  health, 
efficiency  and  morale,  such  men  must  be  sot  aoitle  and  ouch 
part  ice  abandoned, 

X  agree  to  exert  my  inf luenoe  to  oooure  an  unequivocal 
declaration  in  favor  of  national  prohibition  from  the  political 
party  with  which  1  am  now  affiliated  and  from  its  candidates. 


Signature 


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Officers  of  the  Commit tee  of  Sixty 


Honorary  President 

Dr.  David  Starr  Jordan,  Chancellor  of  Leland  Stanford,  Jr.,  Gnlv. 

President 

Daniel  A.  Poling,  Aar-oclate  President,  United  Society  of  Christian 
Endeavor . 


Vice  Presidents 


Luther  Burbank 

President  Samuel  Dickie,  Albion  Colic, ;  e 

Hen.  Pichmond  P.  He  boon,  frowr  Representative  fron.Ala.ba.ma 

Dr.  J.  M.  Hurty,  State  Board  or  Itoaitlv  of  Indiana 

Mr.  John  3.  Lennon,  Treasurer,  Committee  on  Industrial  nations 

Prof.  P.  A.  Roar,  Professor  of  Sociology,  Univsxoity  of  Binccnoin 

President  William  F.  Slocum,  Colorado  College 

Dr.  Harvey  W,  Wiley,  Good  Hcuaefceojdng  Hagasin* 


Secret ar y 

Dr.  D.  Leigh  Colvin,  President  Intercollegiate  Prohibition  Assoc, 
Treasurer 

Dr.  J.  H.  Kellogg,  Superintendent,  Buttle  Creek  Sanitarium 
Executive  Commit tee 


Ernest  II.  Cherrington,  General  Manager  of  Department  of  PuttleMng 
Interoote  of  the  Anti-Saloon  League  of  America 

Prof.  Irving  Fiehcr,  Profoneor  of  Political  Economy,  Yale  Univeroijjr 
Virgil  0.  Htariuw,  Chairman,  The  Prohibition  Rational  Committee 
Emil  L.  G.  Holienthal,  Chair Ban,  Conn.  Prohibition  Committee 
lira.  Florence  Kelly,  General  Secretary  national  Consumer «•  League 
Dr.  Amos  P.  Wilder,  Head  of  YAle  in  China 
Also  Prceidont,  Secretary  and  Treasurer,  est  officio. 


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Other  Members  of  the  Copt;  t. tee  of  Sixty 

Bishop  William  M.  Bell,  Bishop  of  the  United  Brothern  Church, 
Loo  Angelera,  Cal. 

Preo.  Guy  P.  Benton,  University  of  Vermont 

Prof.  E.  9.  Bogarduft,  Professor  of  Economics  and  Sociology > 
Univeroity  of  Southern  California 

Mrs.  Ella  Boole,  President,  B.Y.  tf.C.T.U. 

W.  G,  Calderwood,  Chairman  of  Minnesota  Prohibition  Conn.itte 


Cov.  Arthur  Capper  of  K.-insao 
Ti .  F.  Cochran,  Baltimore 

Dr.  Wilbur  F.  Crafto,  Supt.  of  International  Reform  Bureau, 

Washington,  B.  C. 

Dr.  T.  D.  Brothers,  President  and  Superintendent  Walnut  Dodge  Hospital, 
Hartford,  Conn. 

xnGJsber  of  tho 

Rev.  J.  J.  Curren,/Cathollc  Total  Abstinence  Union 
Right  Rev.  James  n.  Darlington,  Biohop  of  Harrisburg 
Rev.  Wrt..  G.  Eliot,  Jr.,  Portland,  Ore. 

Dr.  Haven  Emerson,  Commie si oner  of  Health,  Hew  Yorh  City 
Editor 

Dr.  W.  A.  Evans, /Chicago  Tribune 

Hon.  Eugene  H.  Fooa,  fromer  Governor  of  Massachusetts 
Dr.  Luther  H.  Culiofc,  President  Camp  Pire  Girls 
Prof.  Winfield  3.  Hall,  Frofeseor  of  Physiology,  Norths  stern 
University,  Chicago 

Prof.  E.  C.  Hayes,  Profcnoor  of  Sociology,  University  of  Illinois 
Prof.  Henry  Howes,  Harvard  Medical  School 
Clinton  H.  Howard,  Rochester,  N.  Y. 

Prof.  George  Elliot  Howard,  Profoenor  of  ^tionl  Scienc0 
Sociology,  Univeroity  of  Webrasl.a 

E.  J.  Keenan,  President,  Workingmen*  Protective  and  Publicity  Aoooo. 
of  Hamilton  Co. 

Pres.  Hsnry  C.  King,  Oberlin  Collec® 

Pros.  Rufus  B.  von  Kloinemid,  Arisona  Univeroity 

E  F.  hdt.  »...  *rth  A0.1.U1W  WUW.  Vi..  *••«•»» 

American  Pure  Food  League 


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Rev.  Ira  Landrith,  Presided  at  International  Y.K.C.A.  Convention 

Prof.  Samuel  UoCuno  Lindsay,  Vice-Chairman,  national  Child  Labor 
Committal  on 

Dr.  Charles  Staton  Little,  Lean  of  the  College  of  Engineering, 
University  of  Idnho 

Prof.  Jacques  Loeb,  Rockefeller  Institute  for  Medical  Reoearoh 
Dr.  T.  Alexander  RaoUieho'U,  Brooklyn,  ti.  Y. 

Ool.  L..1S.  Sira  is,  Secretary  Tubereulosia  Co-rwicsicn,  Frankfort,  Ky. 
Prof.  Adolph  Mayor,  Professor  of  Psychiatry,  Johns  Hopkins  University 
Rev.  Oort  land  Jiyere,  Fa«tor  of  Trcmont  Teapic,  Bouton,  Haas. 

Prof.  W,  V.  O'Shea,  University  of  Wiooonein 


SsefvxSsxArxBs 

Dr.  Dudley  A.  Sargent,  Director  He* envoy  Gymnasium,  Harvard  University 
Charles  Scanlon,  S-o.  Rational  Interchurch  Temperance  Council 
WiUiw  •sS;:Gen.  Secretary,  United  Society  of  Christian  Dnde.  vor, 
Boston,  Mao>i.  . 

Rev.  Charles  U.  Sheldon,  Author,  Topeka,  Kano. 

Dr.  W.  F.  Rhgridsm,  Gen.  Secretary  Epi^gfch  League  «f  n'V-  <3ture1'* 
Chicacb,.lll>- 

Dr.  David  Sadden,  Base.  State  C©ir.e4»«ioncr  of  Education, 

Rev.  Charles  Stolsslc,  Revs  York  City 

Ki00  Cora  F.  Stoddard,  E*ec.  Secretary  Scientific  Tempos  Federation 

Prof.  Chorine  R.  Stock  art!,  Profecoor  of  Pathological  Anatomy, 

Cornell  Uedioal  School 

Warren  S.  Stone,  Brotherhood  of  Locomotive  Engine ere,  Clcviend,  Ohio 
lire.  F.  F.  Tilton,  Cambridge,  Mann. 

Rev.  Floyd  W.  Tomkins,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

,  Hon.  Samuel  R»  Van  Sant,  former  Governor  of  Minnesota 
Dr.  F.  C.  Welle  Of  Devi  York  City 
17illic.ni  A.  White,  Editor,  Emporia,  Kan». 

Dr.  William  A.  White,  Supt.  Government  Hospital  for  Innar^e 
Amos  P.  Wilder,  Head  of  Yale  in  China 

'ihurch.  Topeka 

Rev.  Clarence  True  w*}a°ni  to  Hawaii  and 

Thernao  Wilson,  U.S.  Pietrict  Attorney,  ,y.  irazil 


(O^CXJM  1  v<rtorvX  to 


jc  f0  v***^  i 


August  2,  1916.^ _ 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  ¥dison,  y  1  ,j  ^  j  0  : 

Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

"  Mr.  Ingersoll  who  you  met  at  your 
Laboratory  with  me  the  other  day,  requests  me  to 
find  out  if  you  would  consider  being  one  ofjwelve^ 
men^that  would  go  on  record  as  advocating  ahd  push¬ 
'll  President  Wilson's  re-election. 

Mr.  Ingersoil  tells  me  that  there 
vdll  be  only  twelve  men  like  himself,  Charles  B. 

Crane  of  Chicago, Unry  Ford,  and  only  such  men  as 
you  would  approve. 

He  said  that  the  program  would  be  to 
give  the  matter  great  publicity  and  sjend  a  good  deal 

of  money  in  so  doing  no  doubt. 

I  told  him  I  did  not  think  that  it  was 

any  use  to  ask  you  but  said  I  would  do  so  as  he  is  go¬ 
ing  ahead  with  it  anyway. 

Thankirg  you  in  advance  for  a  reply,  1 


/&<AJ  //uu-S^SL 


Yours  restfectmiyj 


|k.  on  statement.  As  soon  as  the 
[statement  will  be  given  to  all  press 
Ain  ever  afternoon  paper  in  the 


Mr-  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Thanks  for  your  0 . j 
railroad  strike  is  over  thatli 
associations  for  publication^ 

United  States.  \ 

it  1.  important  t\t  ..  should  have  Bo«.tWne  tot 

th.  moaulag  papaas.  I  — *>••  »Vtlolo  that  I  ..at  to  giro 
to  every  Sunday  pap.t  la  tha  oouatay  to  t.  parted  a  »a  .« 

aft.a  th.  telegraph  atotaaaat.  A  Me  W  *»*“•'  1 

th.  utmost  pain,  to  quota  yoa  a.  olo.aly  as  posalbl.  aad  I  hops 
that  I  can  get  an  0.  K.  on  this. 

Sincerely, 

(signed)  George  Creel. 


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A uy  'It* 


By  George  Creel 

While  the  Republican  party  was  in  the  throes  of  seleoting  a 
presidential  nominee,  Thomas  A.  Edison  made  modest  announcement  of 
his  faith  in  Theodore  Roosevelt  as  the  one  man  fitted  above  all  others 
for  the  job.  Time  went  on,  the  Chicago  steam  roller  ran  over  the 
Colonel  as  per  plan  and  habit,  the  St.  Louis  convention  renominated 
President  Wilson,  and  from  the  laboratory  at  WeBt  Orange  came  no  com¬ 
ment  of  any  kind  whatsoever. 

Mow  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  while  cutting  no  large  amount  of 
ioe  with  the  master  mechanics  of  the  Republican  party,  as  they  strove 
to  make  quite  plain,  is  nevertheless  a  gentleman  of  some  importance 
where  the  thought  of  the  people  of  the  united  States  is  concerned.  Mot 
only  is  it  i;he  case  that  his  life  and  his  genius  have  been  devoted  to 
the  happiness  of  humanity  and  the  advancement  of  civilization,  but 
certain  linoolnesque  qualities  have  won  him  an  enduring  place  in  the 
popular  heart.  Along  with  their  belief  in  him  as  a  miracle  worker,  people 
have  oome  to  a  great  faith  in  his  sturdy  Americanism  and  his  shrewd 
common  sense. 

As  a  oonsequence,  Mr.  Edison's  post-convention  silence  came  to 
be  the  sub j eat  of  somewhat  excited  speculation  among  those  who  sit 
around  political  campfires .  What  would  he  do ,  now  that  the  Colonel  had 
been  rolled  into  cardboard  thickness?  Republicans  and  Democrats, 
fully  appreciative  of  the  tremendous  weight  oarried  by  the  Edison 
opinions,  worried  no  little,  for  even  the  relief  of  decisive  action  was 
denied  them. 


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For  ShomaB  A.  EdiBon,  as  they  knew  from  years  of  experience, 
was  not  a  man  to  he  approached  with  arguments  or  cajolery.  He  forms 
his  political  opinions  as  painstakingly  as  he  formB  a  model,  he  tests 
his  convictions  just  as  he  tests  an  invention,  and  when  he  is  satisfied 
that  his  position  is  as  sound  as  his  judgment  can  make  it,  then  he 
announces  his  views  for  what  they  are  worth. 

Some  weeks  after  the  two  conventions,  I  interviews  him  on 
industrial  preparedness,  a  movement  to  which  he  has  been  giving  much 
of  his  time  and  thought.  Talking  in  ideas,  rather  than  in  words,  he 
outlined  the  inventory  of  Americans  industrial  resources  that  is  being 
made  by  30,000  famous  engineers,  touched  upon  .he  myriad  uses  to  which 
theonational  laboratory  will  be  put  by  scientists,  inventors  and  technic¬ 
ians,  and  drove  hoije  the  truth  that  the  one  solid  rook  upon  which 
national  defense  may  be  builded  is  the  readiness  of  faotories  and  skilled 
workers  to  turn  to  war  production  at  a  day's  notice. 

. .  Some  that  he  said  gave  very  plain  indication  of  his  admiration 
OfrWoodrow  Wilson,  and  out  of  my  own  ardent  advocacy  I  took 
courage  to  ask  him  whether  or  not  he  had  "made  up  his  mind"  between  Mr. 
Wilson  and  Mr.  Hughes. 

"Mot  yet".  He  shook  his  head  impatiently.  "Wait  until  we  see 
wfeat  this  man  Hughes  has  got  to  offer." 

It  was  on  the  day  of  Mr.  Hughes'  final  speeoh  in  California, 
the  wind-up  of  his  coast-to-coast  campaign  tour,  that  I  received  a 
telephone  message  from  Mr.  W.  1.  Saunders,  the  mining  engineer. 

"I  happened  to  be  talking  with  Mr.  Edison  yesterday,"  he  said, 
"and  he  told  me  to  tell  you  that  he  was  willing  to  make  that  Wilson 


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statement  if  you  still  wanted  it.” 

I  ™,  at  Hr.  Saundere '  offioe  «U»»t  ‘.fore  «“  ^ 
tel.phen,  r.o.iter  had  oeased  td  ..he,  Her.  »«.  a  °h«oe  «  “=“  * 
campaign  contribution  worth  more  than  money.  We  rode  to  Jersey 

«  .  -  -  »  — •  -  — -  *“  - tOT  “  “  r~ 

beneath  the  river  bed  at  far  bast  »  ».  ■  P™  “»  “  fl” 
engineering  jot.  d  etorp  of  br.ton  u™  and  brot.n  *«*““■ 

Delos  Bautina,  -Bo  «»»  «<»-»•*  «*»  ““  °f  * 
d„g  through  foreign  apndiiates,  and  winding  up  rt«h  v,illi..  g.  *Ado.  a 

success  where  others  had  failed. 

He  tatted  al.o  of  hi.  wort  in  Houioo,  Europe  and  the  Orient, 
fight  of  Amerioar.for  the  oongu.at  of  her  natural  re.ouroe.,  of  the 
differeno.  bet.een  l.giti.t.  hu.in.ea  and  "loaded  dice"  hu.i.e.e, 
of  the  dietinotione  thet  -at  he  -d.  between  ent.rprie.  ana  *• 

and  as  he  tatted  it  .a.  plain  that  this  aup.ort  of  .■»  '« 

.  baaed  on  no  .ore  P»rtP  affiliation,  but  had  its  .euro,  in  a  tried 

and  proved  Americanism. 

Mr.  Edison,  as  a  matter  of  course,  was  not  in  the  office, 
do™  in  the  shop. .  *  hop  tent  after  tin,  and  a.  a.  looted  dou.  the 

0  aw  that  ran  hefeen  the  footer,  building.,  the  ..11  hno.u  figux 
popped  out  of  a  far  door.  Bare-headed,  in  hi.  sbirt-eleevee  ve.t 
aping  open,  trone.r.  b.gg,  and  unpr.a.ed;  he  looted  lit.  nothing  ° 
.not  a.  a  countrp  eior.-t.eper  humping  to  fill  «  *“  *  ’°“1 

of  pruneB. 

Hot  until  he  oame  close  enough  to  see  hie  epeB  and  fore  ea  , 
to  oatoh  the  full  effeot  of  his  dp^uic  foroo.ras  the  i.pre.aion  dia- 
sippated.  At  a  a.rt  of  half  -  he  led  the  .up  into,  the  lahoratorp. 


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and  sat  down  with  the  effect  of  wanting  to  get  through  a  disagreeable 
job  as  quickly  as  might  be. 

"Well,  Mr.  Edison,"  I  began,  withdrawing  myself  b'y  an 
eoffrt  from  fascinated  contemplation  of  that  big,  dominant  face  and 
a  necktie  of  the  vintage  of  '76,  "We-" 

"Wait  a  minute,"  he  interrupted.  Leaning  back  so  as  to  gain 
ingress,  he  pushed  his  hand  into  his  trousers'  pocket  -  the  old-fashioned 
kind  that  opens  at  the  top,  not  the  side-  and  drew  out  a  bunch  of 
crumpled  yellow  paper. 

"There!"  he  Baid.  "Everything's  right  there." 

I  smoothed  them  out  -  four  or  five  sheets  tom  from  a  cheap 
tablet.  -  all  written  over  in  pencil,  the  writing  firm  and  curiously  like 
old  English  print.  Glancing  through  them,  I  saw  that  he  had  merely 
jotted  down  a  number  of  flat  statements  of  political  belief. 

"But  what  about  a  discussion  of  these  issues,  Mr.  Edison?"  I 
urged.  "The  people  of  the  United  States  feel  that  you 

"Shucks!"  With  his  fingers  he  wiggled  the  compliment  away 
from  him.  "I  say  there  that  I’m  for  Woodrow -Wilson.  I  say  it  beoause 
I  feel  that  it£s  up  to  every  man  in  times  like  these  to  take  a 
position.  But,  pshaw!  "  He  shook  his  head.  "It's  just  my  opinion." 

"Mr.  Edison  has  always  been  E  Republican,"  suggested  Mr. 
Saunders,  "and  "  - 

"Don't  put  Sn  anything  about  party.  "Mr.  Edison  caught  the 
suggestion  and  dissented  vigorously.  "TiraeB  are  too  serious  to  talk 
in  terms  of  Republicanism  or  Democracy.  PartieB  are  all  right. 

Reckon  we've  got  to  have  them  with  our  system  of  government.  Biitn  when 


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It's  Amerioa  that's  at  stake,  men  have  got  to  vote  as  Americans, 
and  not  as  Democrats  or  Bepublicans. 

"This  man  Wilson  has  had  a  mightj  hard  time  of  it,  "  he  continued. 
"I  don't  believe  there  was  ever  a  president  who  had  as  many  bi&  questions 
to  decide,  as  many  big  problems  to  Bolve.  One  has  followed  the  other,  and 
now  and  then  they  have  come  in  bunches.  He  hasn’t  always  pleased  me,  just 
as  I  suppose  he  hasn't  plways  pleased  other  people,  but  when  you  look 
the  record  over,  it's  eo  good  that  criticism  comes  close  to  being 
nothing  more  than  cheap  fault  finding. 

"A  fool  or  a  coward  would  have  had  the  United  States  in  all 
sorts  of  trouble.  As  it  is,  we  are  at  peace,  the  country  was  never  more 
prosperous ,  and  we  have  the  strength  that  comes  with  honor  and  integrity 
of  purpose." 

"So  you  don't  agree  with  these  people  who  insist  that  the 
United  States  has  earned  the  contempt  of  the  world?"  X  asked. 

"Bosh!  Neutrality  is  a  mightij  trying  policy  but  back  of  it  are 
international  law,  the  rights  of  humanity  and  the  whole  future  of  civi¬ 
lization.  Wilson  has  won  victories  by  diplomacy  that  are  far  more 
important  to  mankind  than  any  victories  that  we  oould  have  won  by  war. 

I  am  no  pacifist.  I  believe  that  there  are  times  when  aviation  has  got 
to  fight.  But  war  for  the  sake  of  war,  or  war  for  purposes  of  conquest, 
is  horrible  and  unthinkable." 

"I  imagine  that  Wilson  wasn't  very  keen  for  preparedness  at 
first.  .  Maybe  so.  But  when  he  saw  that  intelligent  public  opinion 
was  overwhelmingly  in  favor  of  it,  and  that  our  own  Bafety  demanded  it, 
he  set  naohinery  to  work  that  will  probably  give  us  a  sound,  sane  and  ade¬ 
quate  national  defense.  What  if  it  was  a  change  of  mind.  A  president 


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who  refused  to  change  his  laind  to  meet  changed  conditions  would  he  a 
dangerous  man." 

"You  say  here  in  your  notes  that  it  would  have  been  neither  wise 
nor  right  for  the  United  States  to  have  recognized  Huerta?" 

"Absolutely."  Mr.  Edison  never  gains  emphasis  by  beating  the 
table  with  his  fist-  He  depends  almost  entirely  upon  finger  shaking. 

"A  nniiderous  personality!  Had  we  recognized  him,  it  would  have  served 
notice  upon  the  world  that  the  United  States,  while  believing  in  democ¬ 
racy  for  home  use,  was  willing  to  stand  for  despotism  where  other 
peoples  were  concerned*  It  would  have  been  a  blow  at  constitutional 
government  in  every  republic  of  South  and  Central  America,  stating 
to  every  scoundrel  that  all  he  had.  to  do  to  win  the  approval  of  America 
was  to  assassinate  a  president. 

"Ho,  Bir!  President  Wilson's  Mexican  policy  has  been  wise  and 
just  and  oourageous .  Mexico  has  been  a  troublesome  neighbor,  but  war 
and  conquest  are  not  going  to  make  her  a  better  one-  Both  against 
England,  and  then  against  human  slavery,  the  United  States  worked  out 
her  salvation  through  revolution,  and  it  was  a  pretty  slow,  trying  pro¬ 
cess." 

"Belgium?"  suggested  Mr.  Saunders. 

"Hindsight!"  exclaimed  Mr.  Edison.  "Hindsight!  In  the  light 
of  two  years,  it's  easy  to  say  what  should  have  been  done.  But  at  the 
time  not  a  single  paper  or  a  public  man  even  thought  of  anything  but 
keeping  the  United  States  out  of  the  European  horror.  At  least  a  year 
went  by  before  the  world  understood  just  what  Belgium  was  being  called 
upon  to  suffer." 


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He  stopped  abruptly,  and  began  to  towsle  his  hair  and  fidget  his 
feet.  She  shop  was  calling  him.  On  the  way  over  Mr.  Saunders  had  told 
me  an  anecdote  illustrative  of  Mr.  Edison's  absorption  in  hiB  work.  The 
iron  and  steel  experts  of  the  world  were  holding  an  international  congress 
of  some  sort  in  the  United  States,  and  one  day  was  set  aside  for  a  visit 
to  the  great,  inventor  and  his  laboratory.  Mr.  Edison  had  just  perfected 
the  phonograph,  and  the  Englishmen,  particularly,  refused  to  believe  it 
until  they  had  seen  it. 

The  party  was  eight  hundred  strong,  and  headed  by  a  number  of 
gentleman  in  silk  hats,  they  marked  solemnly  into  the  hall  where  Mr. 
Edison  was  supposed  to  be  waiting.  But  the  place  was  empty.  Guided  by 
an  infernal  clamor,  some  of  the  American  hosts  entered  a  hearby  room, 
and  found  the  inventor  on  his  knees  watching  an  electric  drill  bite 
holes  in  a  sheet  of  iron.  While  waiting,  it  developed,  the  invention 
had  oome  from  the  back  of  his  head  to  the  front,  and  he  had  dashed 
away  without  another  thought  of  the  young  army  marching  to  honor  him. 

I  seemed  to  see  signs  of  this  absorption  in  Mr.  Edison  at 
the  moment,  and  inasmuch  as  we  still  had  three  precious  minutes  left 
us  out  of  a  ten  minute  interview,  1  nudged  Mr.  SaunderB.  He  came 
nobly  to  the  scratch. 

"Tariff?"  he  said. 

"There’s  another  prodff  of  Wilson's  openness  of  mind,"  Mr. 

Edison  declared,  his  interest  instantly  renewed.  "Ho  matter  what  he 
thought  about  the  Underwood  law,  he  had  the  courage  to  admit  that  the 
European  war  returned  the  tariff  to  the  province  of  discuBBion.  So  he 
oame  to  the  front  with  his  proposition  for  a  tariff  commission. 


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'i’hat's  sense!  The  tariff  is  a  scientific  affair,  not  political  at  all. 

A  tariff  commission  will  lift  the  whole  business  out  of  politics.  It 
ought  to  he  our  hope  that  Congress  will  give  the  body  all  the  dignity 
of  the  Supreme  Court,  so  that  the  President  will  be  in  a  position  to  get 
famous  experts  for  the  wort,  Too  many  men  in  the  public  Bervioe  already 
that  private  employment  wouldn't  pay  a  dollar  to." 

"I  suppose  you  have  noticed  the  attacks  on  the  President 
because  of  the  claim  that  certain  professional  politicians  have  been 
appointed  to  office?"  I  interjeoted. 

"Umph!"  His  exclamation  was  one  of  disgust.  "Might  picayunish 
to  talk  about  when  there  are  so  many  big  things  demanding  attention. 

Heokon  Wilson  has  had  a  good  many  poor  appointments  put  over  on  him,  but 
taken  by  and  large,  the  men  he  has  put  on  guard  measure  up  beyond  the 
average.  As  I  have  watohed  him,  he  seems  -to  want  to  keep  away  from  the  pat- 
tronage  squabble,  and  while  this  gives  more  power  to  the  politicians, 
it  also  gives  us  a  President  who's  more  than  a  mere  patronage 'broker . 

"As  I  said  at  the  start,"  he  continued,  "it  has  just  been  one 
big  thing  after  another  with  Wilson.  I  have  never  known  so  many 
dangerous  questions  brought  up  for  decision  to  any  one  President.  look 
at  the  general  railroad  strike  that  piled  up  on  top  of  Mexico  and  all 
the  other  things.  Why,  if  carried  through,  such  a  strike  would  throw 
the  whole  country  into  confusion,  and  would  prove  a  calamity  that,  in 
certain  eventualities,  would  have  disastrous  results  bound  to  extend  over 
a  period  of  time.  I  think  he  rose  to  the  occasion  splendidly,  just  as 
he  has  risen  to  every  other  occasion  that  called  for  courage  and  wisdom, 
and  is  doing  the  best  he  can. 


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9 

"In  m y  opinion,  Mr.  Hughes,  if  president,  would  have  found  it 
difficult  to  decide  on  the  best  course  for  the  Government  to  take  in  suoh 
matters.  His  oapacity  for  hindsight,  as  we  learn  from  his  speeches,  is 
highly  developed,  hut  as  to  his"  foresight,  we  are  not  equally  well  informed." 

Working  all  day  and  far  into  the  night  as  he  does,  the  wonder  is 
that  he  finds  time  to  do  any  reading  at  all,  and  yet  it  is  almost  impossible 
to  touch  upon  any  current  subject  with  which  he  is  not  familiar. 

"They  say  Wilson  has  blundered.  "Hb  raised  both  hands  to  drive 
home  his  point.  "Perhaps  he  has,  but  I  notice  that  he  usually  blunders 
forward." 

He  came  to  his  feet  then,  but  paused  to  say  a  few  more  words. 

"You  can't  get  100  per  cent  efficiency  in  a' democracy.  I  don't 
know  that  we  ought  to  want  it.  We  would  be  machines,  and  we  would  have  to 
sacrifice  too  much  of  freedom." 

He  rooked  onthis  Heels  for  a  second,  and  the*,  even  as  his  hands 
reach  out  to  take  some  papers  from  a  secretary,  he  finished  with  this  dec¬ 
laration; 

"Mr.  Wilson  has  now  had  about  four  years  of  experience,  and  I  think 
that  he  has  earned  faith  and  trust.  I  do  not  think  it  a  logical  or  sensible 
thing  to  change  to  an  unexperienced  ana  untried  man  just  for  the  sake  of 
change.  Or  without  much  better  reasons  being  given  for  the  chinge  than 
any  I  have  noticed. 

"Roosevelt  was  my  choice.  He  had  had  experience,  and  is  one  of 
the  best  of  Americans.  But  the  machine-controlled  Republican  party  would 
not  have  him-  Therefore,  I  am  for  Woodrow  Wilson." 


Smorrattc  National  (Enmmitfr? 

HEADQUARTERS: 

30  EAST  FORTY-SECOND  STREET 

rT  NEW  YORK 


Mr.  (Thomas  A.  Edison, 
West  Orange, 

N.  J., 


Aug.  26th,  1916. 


Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  George  Creel  has  just  handed  me  your  interview, 
in  which  you  advocate  the  re-election  of  President  Wilson, 
and  on  behalf  of  the  Democratic  National  Committee  I  beg  to 
thank  you  sincerely.  It  is  a  Bplendid  statement  and  will 
help  tremendously.  All  of  us  at  Headquarters  are  very 


Direotor  of Publicity. 


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My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

President  Wilson  de¬ 
serves  the  majority  vote  of 
the  American  people  on  Novem¬ 
ber  7th  and  1  am  genuinely 
delighted  to  see  you  come 
out  in  favor  of  his  re-elec¬ 
tion.  In  doing  this  you  are 
rendering  the  country  another 
great  service. 


Cordially  yours. 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 
West  Orange,  N.J. 


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which  I  delivered  on  the  Floor  of  the  House  of 

Representatives  .Tune  c^lU  ■&'»* 

I  would  he  very  glad  indeed  if 
you  could  find  time  to  read  over  my  speech  and  would 
he  pleased  to  have  any  suggestions  or  oritioisms 
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Republican  National  Committee 


511  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York 


New  York  September  26,  1916. 


Mr.  Thomas  Alva  Edison,  J  a  { 

Orange,  N.  J.  P ' 

Dear  Mr.  Edieon:-  1  >  - 

In  past  national  campaigns  the  number  of  individual  contributors  , 
has  been  much  smaller  than  should  be  the  case.  I  am  so  thoroughly  convinced  V 
that  a  much  wider  distribution  of  this  financial  support  would  be  vary  effective 
that  I  am  making  an  effort  to  secure  a  large  number  of  Sustaining  Members  of  the 
Party  in  this  Presidential  campaign,  each  to  contribute  $10.  We  have  set  a  r* 4  \ 
goal  which  we  hope  to  reach  before  Election  Day  and  if  we  are  successful,  as  I  ^ 
believe  we  shall  be  if  we  can  have  the  earnest  co-operation  of  prominent  people  £ 
interested  in  the  Party,  results  will  be  apparent  not  only  in  this  Election  but' ***  , 
in  the  future  as  well.  £  £ 

Time  is  very  short  to  carry  on  our  work  and  the  campaign  must  of  f. 
necessity  be  a  hurried  one  and  on  a  large  scale.  The  basis  of  the  whole  plan  C 

will  be  that  of  getting  people  to  assume  the  task  of  securing  a  few  such  members . ' 

I  enclose  herewith  a  specimen  letter  which  gives  you  an  idea  of  the  plan.  We  »  ~ 

desire  to  have  500  men  of  prominence  in  New  York  send  out  such  a  letter  to  an  p. 

average  of  25  people,  who  they  believe  would  be  willing  to  follow  their  example  _  f 

by  becoming  sutaining  members.  Are  you  willing  to  co-operate  with  me  by  send-  t 

ing  out  such  a  letter,  changed  as  may  suit  your  wishes,  to  a  list  of  25  people ^  f 
more  or  least  ; 

In  order  to  relieve  you  of  all  clerical  work,  if  you  will  send  ?  r) 
mo  the  list  of  names  to  whom  you  desire  the  letter  addressed,  together  with 
a  sufficient  number  of  your  letterheads  and  envelopes,  we  will  have  our  staff  <§T"± 
of  typists  write  each  letter  and  return  to  you  for  signature  and  mailing.  J 

Wo  will  enclose  in  each  letter  the  necessary  membership  application  blanks  j’"’  ? 

which  will  be  reoorded  here  in  a  way  to  enable  us  to  advise  you,  as  you  may  J  “ 

desire,  of  the  returns  from  those  to  whom  you  write.  When  sending  lists,  *  __ 

please  denote  opposite  each,  manner  in  which  you  wish  the  recipient  addressed.  |  “ 

Wo  are  able  to  prevent  duplication  almost  entirely  by  checking  up  your  lis^ 
before  writing  the  letters.  “■  JS 

Time  is  vory  short  for  us  to  accomplish  our  purpose  and  if  . 
you  are  willing  to  co-operate  with  me  I  would  appreciate  hearing  from  you  at  <1 
an  oarly  date.  tf 


Yours  truly,  sn 

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Treasurer, 


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closed  application  at  the  same  tine.  T.._  „ - 

of  such  people  as  yourself  in  this  matter  will  mean  success  in 
the  Presidential  campaign  this  Fall.  I  would  appreciate  a  line 
from  you  indicating  whether  or  not  you  will  cooperate.  I  am 
sure  when  election  is  over  we  shall  all  of  us  be  glad  of  having 
contributed  our  share  toward  the  results. 


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t«  answer  to  your  note  to  fir. 

The  points  you  mention,  McCormick 

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sated  to  President  Wilj-^^ 


Ur.  Phos.  A.  Edison 
East  Orange,  H.  U. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:' 

I  have  sugges^ed'to  President  Wil- 
son  and  many  of  the  leaders  in  the  presidential  cam¬ 
paign  the  value  of  appointing  among  other  important 
days,  Engineers  and  Manufacturers  Jay. 


I  believe  that  if  those  in  charge  of 
the  oampaign  will  arrange  such  an  occasion  and  demonstra¬ 
tion  at  Shadow  lawn  that  you  together  with  other  prominent 
engineers  and  scientists  who  are  supporting  President 
Wilson  would  be  glad  to  enter  into  the  spirit  and  activity 
of  such  an  occasion  with  your  presence  and  possibly  an  address. 


For  your  information  X  enclose  a 
copy  of  my  letter  to  President  Wilson  on  this  subject  which 
explains  more  fully  the  possibilities  of  such  activity. 

I  am  sure  that  President  Wilson  and  the  leaderB  would 
act  immediately  in  favor  of  this  suggestion  if  you  will 
indioate  your  willingness  to  at  least  be  present.  We 
would  like  to  have  you  lead  this  demonstration  to  Shadow 
Lawn  and  X  trust  that  I  may  have  a  favorable  reply  at 
your  earliest  convenience  os  the  time  is  short  and  we 
must  work  industriously  to  oomplete  all  details  for  this 


demonstration  representing  the  engineers  and  manufacturers 


of  the  united  States. 


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'HINKUAS  VA11XOM  HT1SPHKNS 
CONSULTING  KNGINHKR 


October  10,  1916. 


My  dear  Mr.  President :- 

I  have  not  waited  for  yonr  reply  to  my  re¬ 
cent  oonraunioation  relative  to  tho  influence  whioh  may  be  exerted 
in  college  oiroles  in  yonr  faovr  for  reeleotion.  I  am. coopera¬ 
ting  with  Ron.  William  H.  Rewards,  President  of  the  Wilson's 
College  Men's  league  in  preparing  some  oampaign  publications. 

If  1  could  secure  from  you  an  expression 
favoring  the  proposed  legislation  for  tho  establishing  of  Engineer¬ 
ing  Experiment  Stations  in  the  sevoral  States  and  Territories, 
it  will  give  us  an  unlimited  amount  of  material  to  use  in  the 
college  oampaign  work  that  will  mould  opinion  and  win  votes. 

This  is  not  only  true  of  the  college  campaign 
but  will  be  effective  with  the  Progressive  Party, the  manufacturing 
and  industrial  voters.  I  can  write  you  in  detail  showing  the 
importance  of  this  opportunity  with  suggestions  or  1  will  be 
glad  to  bring  the  matter  in  condensed  form  to  Shadow  lawn,  making 
it  possible  for  you  to  supply  the  needed  power  ina  brief  confer¬ 
ence. 


By  means  of  thin  material,  i  know  thut  we 
can  swing  many  thousands  of  oo liege  non,  engineers  college  offi¬ 
cials  and  members  of  faculties,  scientists,  manufacturers  and 
in  general  those  who  reoognisio  the  real  possibilities  of  scien¬ 
tific  and  industrial  development  in  the  United  States.  Se 
must  not  lone  this  tremendous  power  that  can  be  successfully 
Injootod  into  tho  oampaign  if  we  act  promptly. 

I  have  made  suggestions  to  several  cf  the 
leadertL  in  the  oampaign  relative  to  a  demonBtration  at  Shadow 
Lawn  which  1  believe  would  be  a  most  fitting  olimnx.  to  tho  series 
of  diPnified,  yot  glorious  pilgrimages  that  have  been  made  to 
Shadow  Lawn,  and  whioh  will  oontinue.  Those  in  charge  of  these 
special  excursions  informed  me  that  Eovembor  4th  is  open  for 
the  demonoetration  whioh  I  have  suggested. 

I  propose  that  in  addition  to  the  various 
special  days,  including  Partners  Lay  and  Woodrow  Wilson  Lay,  that 
we  appoint  Mov ember  4th  as  Engineers  and  Manufacturers  Lay.  It 
is  unneoessary  to  point  to  the  groat  benefits  which  engineers 
and  manufacturers  have  derived  from  the  many  splendid  pieces  of 
legislation  enaoted  during  your  term  of  office. 


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president  Wileon  #2 


uotober  10,  1916 


Your  administration  hue  engineered  the  organiza¬ 
tion  of  the  Haval  GonBulting  Board,  the  inventorying  of  the 
manufacturing  reBouroes  of  the  United  States  aB  11 
measure,  t.ho  appointing  of  the  national  Research  Council  to 
moholize  the  research  and  soientifio  resources  of  this 
especially  those  of  onr  great  engineering  °BlJ;®SOB«nd  univer¬ 
sities,  the  establishment  and  development  of  the  national  Engi 
near  Reserve  CorpB  and  some  of  the  important  departments  offi¬ 
cials  are  cooperating  with  us  in  seen ring  the  paBBage  of  a 
bill,  which  will  make  possible  the  establishment  of  the  *°"g 
needed  Engine-ring  Experiment  Stations  in  the  several  States 
and  Territori  s,  whioh  will  assist  our  manufacturers  _nd  indus¬ 
trial  organizations  in  a  manner  Bimilnr  to  the  valuable  assistance 
rendered  to  the  farmers  and  agricultural  interests  of  onr  nation 
by  the  Agricultural  Experiment  Stations. 

The  organized  work  of  the  Haval  Consulting 
Board  and  onr  promienent  engine-ring  sooieites  haB  ao^nainted 
a  considerable  percentage  If  not  a  large  “f  th 

engineers  and  manufacturers  of  the  progressive  workalong 
lines  for  whioh  you  are  directly  responsible.  By  °^anizing 
a  pilgrimage  to  Shadow  lawn  on  Bovember  4th  whioh  may  be  termed 
Engineers  and  Manufacturers  lay  and  having  presnt  on  that 
oooasionBfluoh  men  as  Thomas  A /Edison  W.  1.  Saunaers  Henry 
Eord,  and  a  number  of  others  of  this  onlibre  toegether  with 
lesser  but  important  lights,  we  can  impress  the 
significance  of  the  importance  of  the  above  mentioned  activities 
and  show  the  immeasurable  possibilities  of  industrial  develop¬ 
ment  and  national  preparedness  from  the  standpoint  of the  engi 
neor  and  manufacturer,  if  you  ore  permitted  to  continue  to  co¬ 
ordinate  the  activities  of  the  engineering  profession  with  those 
of  the  Federal  Government. 

I  am  addressing  lettorB  to  Hon.  Vance  C.  HoCormiok 

ly  in  taking  advantage  of  this  opportunity  °*  g*0**”®  ^wmstion 
paign  with  such  a  fitting  climax  and  I  hope  that  this  suggestion 
will  he  acceptable  to  you  and  reoeive  your  immediate  approval. 


Host  respeotfully  and  sincerely  youre. 


PVS/H 


VANCE  C.  McCORMICK 


Oct.  10th,  1916. 


Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Uy  dear  Hr.  Edison:-  ^ 

I  tried  to  reach  lir.  Ford 

today  to  see  whether  he  could  neot  with  us  j 

on  Saturday  to  talk  over  publicity  matters.  ■* 

I  find  that  ho  will  not  return  to  Detroit  i  " 

until  Tuesday  of  next  week.  Just  as  soon  as 
I  get  in  touch  with  him  I  will  advise  you.  i 


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Oetober  11,  1916. 


Mr.  John  Burroughs, 


Aosbury ,  ilew  York; 

Bear  iir*  Burroughs: 

Your  note  of  yesterday's  date 
received  and  I  took  it  into  i3r.  Edison  who  was 

to  Lvo’thepSor  shown  to  you  before  your 
signature  is  attached.  Burbank  has  agreed  to 

tovf  his  naSc  attached  to  anything  :=r.  Bdxson  and 
Hr,  Ford  will  sign. 

As  I  understand  it,  the  document  will  be 

r^rs-T-*  sfrtot.  s§oS°tSrKf  Sm . 

it  to  you  for  signature  on.  quick  roourn. 

X  will  not  givo  you  the  trouble  to  write 
a  letter  but  in  case  thoro  is  no  response  to  thiw, 

I  shall  take  it  for' granted  that  you  expect  to  bo 
at  home  next  week. 


Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


October  11,  1910. 


It 


Vow  favor  of  the  10th  instant  to 
vecci-B-eci.  He  was  busy  in  the  Chemical 
ah  it  to  him  and  he  gave  me  the  follov;- 
>'  you,  which  I  will  transmit  just  as  no 
as  as  follows : 


"Please  give  mo  the  points  and 
I  T;m  edit  them  so  that  Burroughs  and 
all  of  as  can  sign.  Como  e£  the  points 
may  have  to  be  discarded  to  moot  the 
wishes  of  the  signore.  Burroughs  wen  us 
to  sec  the  no inis  and  X  will  send  him  a 
cooy  when  X  receive  thorn .  Bdicon 


truly 9 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Parle, 


October  11,1916. 


V.UV""-,  •> 

My  Pear  Mr.  Edison: 

The  World  has  noted  with  much  interest  your  de- 
to  support  Kr.  «U»».  Wr  I  »t  •*  «  *>«  «« 
consider  giving  to  »•  »  •'  ='°»r  vl*’S  “* 

situation  and  the  oonolu.ion.  that  you  hay.  reached  uhioh  have 

determlnod  you  to  support  *h.  *“**  ^  “ 


...istano.  to  th.  President.  B»  puhlic.tion  of  your  vie™  an* 
your  reasons  for  the.  ...Id,  !»•«.,  b.  of  very  gr.at  «"»•**”» 

a  t  avmiiid  be  rlad  to  publish  them  not  only 

to  the  general  cause.  I  Bhould  £>e  gJ.au  i 

in  The  World  but  to  disseminate  them  throughout  the  country 

generally,  and  can  guarantee  that  they  will  appear  in  a  large 

number  of  prominent  newspapers  in  many  cities  simultaneously. 

The  World  will  deeply  appreciate  it  if  you  will  grant  this  favor. 

The  interview  could  of  course  be  entirely  at  your  convenience 

wherever  you  wish  it  to  take  place  and  of  any  length  that  you 

might  find  it  convenient  to  make  it. 

Yours  faithfully, 


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November  14,  1916. 


My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

/bout  half  cf  the  candidates  on  the  Democratic  ticket 
for  county  offices  won  by  an  aggregate  vote  ot  .27  „ 

aggregate  majority  of  3,000.  My  vote  was  nearly  36,000,  and  a 
majority  of  lo,000,  thus  running  from  seven  to  nine  thousand 
ahead  of  the  other  candidates,  which  is  considered  hymy  fr-f£de 
here  as  very  gratifying  in  view  cf  the  bitter  opposition  I  had 
to  face.  An  effort  was  made  to  put  my  opponent  on  both  the  party 
tickets  after  he  had  been  endorsed  in  both  the  Republican  and 
Democratic  assemblies  last  August. 

Of  course,  we  never  know  what  a  campaign  is  going  to 
bring  forth,  and  with  one's  sporting  blood  pretty  well  up,  we 
left  no  stone  unturned,  and  the  expenses  c.  the  campaign 
run  wel">  up  to  $6,000.  I  need  scarcely  teli  you  that  your  help 
was  more  than  appreciated.  Without  it  the  splendid  campaign  we 
were  able  to  make  would  have  been  simply  impossible. 

Mv  wife  joins  me  in  very  kindest  regards  and  best 
wishes,  re  did  net  take  any  of  the  usual  vacation  time  taken 
by  the  Judges  in  June,  July  and  August,  but  expect to  ro moP 
°or  it  with  a  little  rest  in  December  when  we  expect  to  come 
fast  Ld  are  looking  forward  with  Pleasure  to  seeing  you, 
thankins-  you  personally  and  telling  you  more  in  detail  ot  tne 
very  interesting  campaign  we  had. 

Sincerely  yours , 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Port  Huron  (E-16-68) 


This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Port  Huron,  Michigan,  where  Edison  lived  from  1 854  to  1 863.  Among  the  items 
for  1916  is  a  telegram  from  an  old  Edison  acquaintance,  James  Moxam, 
regarding  an  invitation  to  a  planned  summer  event  in  Port  Huron.  A  letter  from 
Caroline  Farrand  Ballentine  on  the  same  topic  also  includes  a  reference  to  her 
father,  Bethuel  C.  Farrand,  who  sold  his  house  to  Edison's  father,  Samuel  0. 
Edison. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  duplicates. 


FRIEND  EDISON/ 

I  FEEL  LIKE  CALLING  YOU  FRIEND  AS  I  WAS  AN  OLD  FRIEND 
OF  YOUR  BRO  PITT  AND  AS.  OF  "CV  AMD  MIS  SISiLRS  I..  tLD  fCTOW.RAT  1 01  , 

EMCLO  Y9u  WILL  FIND  TWO  ITEMS  I  Kl^  YOU  WILL  TO  LOCK 

IP  YOU  CAN  SPARE  THE  TIME  .  I  HOPL  10  t.-i 

REunIuim  AT  PuRTHURON  THIS  SUMnER  ,  I  >^ULJ  Ll»n  TO  l«.C..  WHEN  Y.U  jC 
EAST  FROM  HERE  TO  PTHURON  I  WOULD  ACC  I'PAI'Y  YOU  .  LAST  TIME  I  MET  Y  J 
WAS  at  BANQUET  AT  THE  WALDORF  AT  THE  OLD  TIMERS  CO-IVEMilCi. 


February  28th.  1916. 

t/b  C\A 

Mr.  Edison:  \  j\ 

I  do  not  intend  to  bother  you  to  read  the  attached 
letter,  hut  pin  this  memorandum  to  it  to  insure  4&.fe  return. 

The  letter  is  from  Mrs.  Ballantine  of  Poit  Huron, 
asking  for  some  indication  as  to  whether  you  can  sily  anything 
about  y-ur  being  present  at  the  "home  coming"  in  Port  Huron 
in  late  July  or  early  August. 

.  I  did  not  answer  without  consulting  you,  but  sup¬ 

posed  you  will  want  to  say  that  it  is  impossible  fo  make  any 
dates  so  far  ahead. 

Mrs.  Ballatine  in  the  letter  states  that  Judge 
William  C.  Mitchell  has  just  died  at  the  age  of  nearly  99 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Proudfoot's  Commercial  Agency  (E-16-69) 

This  folder  contains  credit  reports  on  companies,  individuals, 
organizations,  and  charities.  Among  the  items  for  1916  are  reports  on  British 
sales  agent  Herbert  Lewis,  who  was  involved  with  Edison's  war-related 
chemicals  business,  and  a  request  on  behalf  of  Mina  Miller  Edison  for 
information  on  Halbert  K.  Hitchcock,  fiance  of  her  sister  Grace. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  reports  on  individuals,  businesses  (especially  in  the 
chemical  industry),  publishing  projects,  exhibitions,  charities,  and  war-related 
enterprises  that  had  solicited  support  from  Edison  and  been  referred  to 
Proudfoot's  for  investigation.  Some  of  the  documents  bear  marginalia  by 
Edison  indicating  his  decision  not  to  deal  with  the  organization  in  light  of  a 
negative  report. 


Feb.  8nd .  1916 


Proudfoot  Commercial  Agency, 

149  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Proudfoot: 

Shis  timo  I  am  entrusting  to 
you  a  commission  of  rather  a  delicate  nature. 
Mrs.  Edison  would  like  to  have  you  make  a 
quiet  investigation  as  to  the  character,  busi¬ 
ness  ability  and  standing  of  Halbert  Kellogg 
Hitchcock,  Consulting  Engineer  of  Pittsburgh 
Plate  Glass  Company,  Pittsburgh,  Pa.  Ills 
residence  is  &710  Bartlett  Street,  Pittsburgh, 
Pa. 

Shis  is  a  little  family  matter, 
and,  of  course,  she  wishes  your  inquiries  to  be 
made  very  quietly  and  confidentially. 

then  you  are  ready,  will  you 
kindly  send  report  to  me,  and  I  will  hand  it 
to  her  personally. 

Yours  vary  truly. 


Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


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Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edisc 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  sir:  - 


STRICTLY  CONFIDENTIAL  FOR  YOUR  OWN 
PERSONAL  USE  UNDER  THE  TERMS  OF 
OUR  CONTRACT. 


In  the  matter  of  your  inquiry  about  Herbert  Lewis,  Rm  876, 
52  Bway,  at  present  this  man  is  out  of  the  city,  but  he  has  quarters 
at  the  above  address  with  the  Bond  Scale  Co.,  of  which  his  friend, 
Earl  B.  Elder  is  the  N.Y.  Representative..  Lewis  appears  to  have 
had  some  sort  of  a  war  deal  on  with  Elder  and  others,  some  of  which 
deals  we  understand  have  not  materialized,  although  we  have  been 
told  that  Lewis  did  put  through  one  or  more  war  orders. 

Lewis  is  not  reliable,  and  does  not  pay  some  of  hie  bills. 
May  10/16  G.S.  Kleeberg  entered  a  judgment  against  him  for  $254.79, 
which  we  believe  grew  out  of  a  note  or  borrowed  money,  and  on  which 
only  a  email  payment  has  been  made  to  date.  His  promise  to  pay  the 
balance  on  the  installment  plan  has  not  been  kept.  We  believe  same 
applies  to  a  judgment  entered  against  him  June  23/16  in  favor  of 
E.  Friedman  for  $42.96, 

Lewis  is  an  English  Jew,  about  43  years  of  age,  and 
said  to  have  married  the  niece  of  a  man  named  Herts  who  died  leaving 
an  estate.  It  is  believed  that  Lewis'  wife  has  some  means. 

Years  ago  Lewis  worked  for  the  O.J.Gude  Co.  the  outdoor 
advertising  concern,  Where  he  did  not  make  a  favorable  record.  In 
1911  he  worked  for  Howard  Earle  and  Gustave  Kobbe,  who  had  an 
advertising  proposition  called  "The  Lotus",  a  small  magazine  which  ' 
we  believe  did  not  last  long. 

Lewis '8  real  name  may  be  "Levy",  and  we  believe  he  .'  is 
friendly  with  Dos  Bassos  Brothers,  Lawyers,  who  have  acted  as  his 


counsel.  We  have  never  entertained  a  very  high  regard  for  this  law 
firm. 

Lewis  did  reside  at  264  Riverside  Drive,  hut  now  lives  at 
324  W.  83rd  St.  He  can  he  classed  as  a  "war  order  hug",  for  he  has 
talked  hig  deals  to  some  who  have  not  seen  any  deals  go  through. 

We  should  neither  take  Lewis's  word,  not  extend  credit  in 
this  instance. 

Lewis  is  believed  to  have  returned  from  England  after  the 
war  broke  out  for  the  declared  purpose  of  putting  through  war  deals, 
and  one  of  those  deals  is  said  to  have  put  through  Thomas  A.  Edison. 


Yours  truly, 

PROUDFOOT'S  COMMERCIAL  AGENCY 


September  22nd. 1916. 


Proud foot  Commercial  agency, 

149  Broadway , 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  .tr .  Proudfoot: 

i  have  shown  your  report  of  yesterday’s  daoo  to 
H,.  Edison,  and  ho  says  that  he  is  willing  to  spend  up  to 
360.00  to  get  some  closer  information  shout  Herbert  Lewis. 

If  at  the  same  time  you  can  find  out  anything  about  hie  cit- 
izonshipm  it  would  he  useful,  hut  get  all  you  can.  He  is 
suing  Kr.  fidison,  as  you  prooahly  know. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  i.L  .  Edison. 


PROUDFOOT'S  COMMERCIAL  AGENCY 
SINGER  BUILDING 
NEW  YORK  CITY 

NOVEMBER  7/16. 

Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Orange, N. J . 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft; - 

Agreeable  to  our  underetanding  that  I  Bhould  make  every 
possible  effort  to  secure  all  the  information  that  can  be  had  in  any 
ordinary  way  concerning  Herbert  Lewis,  supplementing  the  report  sent 
you  Sept.  21/16.  I  am  herewith  enclosing  an  additional  report,  which 
is  the  result  of  no  end  of  chasing  about,  and  in  most  cases  en¬ 
countering  a  ei'tuation  that  developed  little  information  of  value. 

Iam,  however,  sending  you  all  that  I  have  been  able  to  gather. 

The  bill  herewith  enclosed  hardly  covers  the  cost  of  labor 
on  this  case,  but  neverthe-less,  the  enclosed  bill  was  our  under¬ 
standing..  Frequently  a  lot  of  time  must  be  spent  on  an  investigation 
without  results,  and  this  is  why  it  is  sometimes  not  wise  on  my  part 
to  make  a  price  before  the  work  has  actually  been  done. 

I  am  herewith  also  enclosing  the  regular  yearly  subscription 
bill,  and  you  will  note  that  the  number  of  reports  to  be  furnished  for 
the  $100.00,  has  been  reduced,  for  I  find  that  in  cases  which  involve 
long  drawn  out  time  spent  in  obtaining  results,  I  cannot  make  the 
price  less.  I  have  reviewed  the  work  done  for  Mr.  Edison,  during 
the  past  two  years,  and  owing  to  the  character  of  information  re¬ 
quired,  find  that  the  enclosed  yearly  arrangement  is  more  nearly 
fair  to  myself. 

Thanking  you  for  this  and  past  favors,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

La  Proudfoot 


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Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 


STRICTLY  CONFIDENTIAL  FOR  YOUR 
OWN  PERSONAL  USE  UNDER  TERMS  OF 
OUR  CONTRACT. 


Further  regarding  Herbert  Lewis,  we  beg  to  state  tnat 
some  months  ago  he  lived  at  264  Riverside  Drive  for  about  a  year, 
where  he  occupied  an  apartment  with  his  wife,  but  failed  to  pay  his 
rent  toward  the  last,  and  a  judgment  was  taken  against  him  Oct.  4/16 
in  favor  of  V.  Livingston,  the  owner,  for  $461.31  G.O.  Sayre,  who 


Sept.  21/16  a  judgment  was  entered  against  Lewis 
-  +  Ie  for  $73.73.  C.B.Plante,  the  plaintiff's  attc 
is  also  trying  to  locate  Lewis.  This  judgment  w* 


June  23/16  a  judgment  was  entered  against  Lewis  in  fi 
of  E.  Friedman  for  $42.96,  the  plaintiffs  attorney  in  this  case 
M.J.  Dix.  This  judgment  we  understand  grew  out  of  a  bad  check  tr 
action.  It  seems  that  Friedman  loaned  Lewis  some  money,  and  Lewi 
gave  Friedman  a  bad  check  in  payment  of  the  debt. 

Mav  10/16  a  judgment  was  entered  against  Lewis  in  fa 


of  G.S.Kleeberg,  a  lawyer. (c/o  the  law  firm  of  Myers  &  Goldsmith,  100 
Bway)  for  $254.79.  We  interviewed  Kleeberg  who  told  us  that  he  first 
met  Lewis  in  London,  Eng.  at  a  social  affair,  and  judged  from  the 


society  Lewis  appeared  to  move  in,  that  he  was  all 
Kleeberg  met  Lewis  in  this  country,  loaned  him  some 
gave  Kleeberg  a  bad  check  in  payment,  resulting  in 
In  none  of  the  above  cases,  has  Lewis 


right.  Later 
!  money,  and  Lewis 
the  judgment, 
paid  any  part  of 


judgments. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


While  Lewie  had  quatere  at  52  Bway,  he  we  accustomed  to  visit¬ 
ing  the  barber  shop  in  the  building,  and  one  day,  after  getting  a  full 
line  of  service,  gave  the  barber  abad  check  for  a  larger  amount  than 
the  bill  called  for,  receiving  the  difference  in  cash.  Later,  however 
we  understand  that  Lewis  took  up  this  check,  but  this  is  about  the 
only  check  we  know  of  his  having  taken  up. 

Owing  to  the  fact  that  Lewis  is  regarded  by  all  those  who  have 
come  in  contact  with  him,  as  being  irresponsible,  little  attention 
has  been  paid  to  various  communications  receivedfrom  London  about 
him.  It  seems  that  he  gave  bad  checks  in  London,  and  that  he  is  in 
such  bad  odor  there,  that  he  does  not  feel  free  to  return  to  London 
owing  to  possible  trouble  with  the  authorities. 

Wg  have  made  every  possible  effort  to  learn  definitely  whether 
or  not  Lewis  is  a  naturalized  citizen,  and  have • searched  the  records 
in  this  locality,  but  no  person  by  the  name  of  Herbert  Lewis;  is 
registered  as  a  citizen,  nor  even  as  having  applied  for  first  papers. 
The  nearest  name  to  it  is  Herbert  G.B.Lewis.  but  this  man  follows  the 
occupation  of  a  plasterer,  took  out  hie  first  papers  Oct.  4/09  at 
Troy.N.Y.  and  his  second  papers  at  Mineola,  L.l.  June  10/16.  We 
followed  this  lead,  however,  and  found  that  the  description  of  the 
man  who  took  out  the  papers  does  not  tally  with  the  description  we 
have  of  Herbert  Lewis,  the  subject  of  this  report. 

We  called  at  the. off ice  of  Dos  Passos  Bros,  and  there  inter¬ 
viewed  a  man  friendly  to  this  Agency,  who  stated  that  they  had  not. 
seen  Lewis  .for  some  weeks,  but  believed  him  to  be  in  Phila.  at  this 
time.  Others  also  believe  him  to  be  in  Phila.  but  we  cannot  learn 
his  address. 

In  1911  or. thereabouts  we  understad  that  Lewis  was  posing  as  a 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


!'Count",  that  he  was  taken  up  by  some  young  women  in  a 
on  Long  Island  and  was  entertained  quite  lavishly  but  that  his  real 
genealogy  was  learned,  and  he  ws  dropped.  Soon  after  that,  he  went  b 
to  London,  coming  to  this  country  from  time  to  time,  and  as  he  has 
not  had  a  continued  residence  in  this  country  long  enough  at  any  one 
time  to  make  him  a  citizen  of  the  U.S.  we  think  it  is  safe  to  con¬ 
clude  that  he  is  an  English  subject,  for  we  understand  he  was  born 
in  England  and  lived  there  most  of  his  life. 

Our  information  is  that  Mrs  Lewis,  whose  family  name  is 
Herts,  inherited  considerable  money,  and  that  what  bills  he  con¬ 
tracted  here  since  his  marriage,  were  mostly  paid  by  his  wife. 

On  Sept. 30/16  Lewis  was  arrested  by  Mrs.  Arthur  W.  Thomp¬ 
son,  236  W.  70th  St.  charged  with  obtaining  her  $1200  brooch.  His 
address  at  the  time  was  given  as  324  W.  83rd  St,  and  he  gave  his 
occupation  as  that  of  an  author,  age,  34.  V/e  interviewed  Mrs.  Thomp¬ 
son  who  stated  that  she  had  known  Lewis  for  about  10  years,  that  on 
j,ane  28/16  she  gave  Lewis  her  diamond  brooch,  to  take  to  a  jeweler, 
to  have  some  of  the  diamonds  reset,  that  she  repeatedly  asked.him  to 
return  the  brooch  or  give  the  name  of  the  jeweler,  but  that  he  would 
not  do  so.  and  she  therefore  resorted  to  the  arrest  in  order  to  find 
out  what  had  become  of  her  brooch.  TNhen  she  had  Lewis  arrested,  he 
declared 'that  the  brooch  was  in  a  safety  deposit  vault:  Mrs.  Thomp¬ 
son  says,  however,  that  the  brooch  was  returned.  In  this  connection, 
Lewie  was  represented  by  attorney  Harold  H.  Herts  120  Bway.  Herts 
is  in  Europe,  and  will  not  return  for  about  6  weeks,  but  when  he 
does  return,  we  will  endeavor  t6  interview  him.  Herts  is  a  cousin  of 


•esult  of  our  many  inquiries,  we  cannot  find  anyone 
5  as  a  responsible  person,  nor  can  we  learn  that  hi 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


has  ever  made  a  success  of  anything,  and  believe  it  is  safe  to  put 
him  in  the  adventurer  class.  W„  atili  have  a  number  of  sources  ■ 
that  we  may  hear  from,  and  if  anything  more  develops,  will  let  you 
know. 

This’ report,  taken  with  the  report  sent  you  Sept.  21/16, 
constitutes  all  the  information  we  have  been  able  to  gather  on  this 


truly, 

PROUDFOOT'S  COMMERCIAL  AGF1ICY  . 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Radio  [not  selected]  (E-16-70) 


This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
wireless  telegraphy  or  radio.  The  documents  for  1916  consist  of  a  small 
number  of  unsolicited  inquiries,  several  from  young  people,  about  wireless 
telegraphy  and  about  electromagnetic  waves  generally.  None  of  the  letters 
received  a  reply. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Real  Estate  (E-16-71) 


This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  Edison's  real  estate 
transactions,  including  land  owned  by  him  or  offered  to  him  for  sale.  Among  the 
items  for  1916  are  several  letters  from  Isaac  W.  England  of  Passaic  Metal 
Ware  Co.  concerning  the  transfer  of  Edison’s  mineral  rights  on  property  that 
England  was  planning  to  purchase  from  the  New  Jersey  Zinc  Co.  Also  included 
are  letters  from  Joseph  P.  Day  regarding  the  sale  of  land  in  the  Newark 
Meadows  to  Edison  for  a  chemical  works,  along  with  an  inquiry  from  Eugene 
B.  Wilson  of  the  Chemical  Products  Co.  about  the  lease  of  Edison's  iron  ore 
properties  in  Ogden,  New  Jersey. 

Approximately  15  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Many 
of  the  unselected  items  are  unanswered  or  rejected  offers  of  property  for  sale 
and  general  inquiries  about  Edison's  needs.  Also  unselected  are  routine 
business  documents  not  handled  by  Edison,  including  legal  and  financial 
documents,  memoranda  by  Edison  attorney  Henry  Lanahan  on  tax  assessment 
cases,  and  material  relating  to  property  taxes  at  Edison's  Silver  Lake  chemical 
plants  in  Belleville,  New  Jersey. 


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country  where  I  might  have  a  playground.  Vv 

for  myself  and  my  boys,  which  would 

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mountain  land.  *»”« 

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the  lands  being  partly  those  of  the  l  *  ,  ' 

Riggs  estate  and  partly  those  of  the  ^ 

New  Jersey  Zino  Company,  the  last  tract 
being  bounded  by  the  Riggs  property  t 

line,  the  Sparta  Road  up  to  and  a  little 
beyond  the  Hopewell  pond,  and  the  line 
running  thenoe  southwesterly  to  the  road 
leading  from  Milton  to  the  Sparta  Road, 
the  center  of  the  tract  being  distant 
about  a  mile  and  a  half  from  the  old 
Edison  mine. 

On  these  two  traots  of  land 
I  have  options  which  expire  on  February 
8th. 


I  find  that  the  New  Jersey 
Zino  Company  are  enabled  to  merely 
give  title  to  me  for  the  surface  rights 
and  that  you  own  the  mineral  fights 
thereon.  I  am  not  in  any  way  interested 
in  the  mineral  rights,  exoept  in  so  far 
as  they  would  oloud  the  title,  and 
probably  make  it  very  difficult,  if  not 
impossible,  for  Mrs.  England  to  dispose 
of  this  property,  should  I  be  taken  away. 
It  is  for  this  reason  only  that  I  am 
desirous  of  acquiring  from  you,  for  a. 


-3- 

Thomae  A.  Edison,  Esq.  January  31,  1916. 


fair  price,  a  release  of  the  mineral 
rights  on  this  traot,  so  that  I  may 
have  a  clear  and  good  title  to  the 
property,  should  I  purchase  it. 

I  have  taken  up  this  matter 
with  your  Mr.  Mallory,  who  has  very 
kinily  discussed  it  with  you,  and  has 
referred  me  to  you  for  a  final  adjust¬ 
ment  thereof. 

X  take  pleasure  in  enclosing 
letter  herewith  from  the  New  Jersey 
Zinc  Company,  and  also  a  personal  letter 
of  introduction  from  our  mutual  friend, 
Mr.  Richard  M.  Colgate,  and  I  respect¬ 
fully  bespeak  the  opportunity  of  an 
interview  with  you  in  regard  to  this 
matter  at  your  early  convenience. 


Yours  very  truly. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


nber^J^,  3 


Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Uy  Sear  Mr.  Edison: 


Lx 


This  will  Introduce  to  you  Ur.  I.  W.  England  of 
Passaic,  New  Jersey,  whom  I  have  known  for  a  number  of  years 

Pa8t*  He  has  recently  secured  from  the  New  Jersey  Zinc 
Company  an  option  for  a  tract  of  land,  known  as  the  Hopewell 
Tract,  located  southeast  of  Hopewell  Park.  I  know  that  for 
several  years  past  Ur.  England  has  been  looking  for  a  tract  of 
land  near  New  York  of  good  altitude  where  he  can  erect  a  cottage 
and  spend  the  summers  with  his  family. 


Upon  investigation,  he  finds  that  he  cannot  secure  a 
clear  title  to  the  land  on  which  he  has  secured  an  option,  as 
your  Company  own  the  mineral  rights.  His  object  in  calling 
is  to  see  if  he  cannot  make  some  arrangement  with  you  whereby 
he  can  securo  a  release  from  your  Company  so  that  there  may  not 
be  any  cloud  upon  the  title  which  he  has.  I  can  assure  you  that 
he  has  no  interest  whatever  in  developing  any  possible  mines  on 
the  place,  and  that  his  sole  object  is  to  use  the  land  for  the 
purposes  which  I  have  indicated. 


Any  attention  which  you  can  show  to  Ur.  England,  who 
is  a  personal  friend  of  mine,  will  be  greatly  appreciated  by 


Yours  very  truly, 


R.U.C./J 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


Ite  few  JliSSaMr 


QJfcWf  ’VjQ?y  -  January  20,  1916. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Nev;  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

',Ve  have  recently  given  Mr.  I.  W.  England  an  option 
on  approximately  400  acres  of  the  timber  tract  in  Sussex  and 
Morris  Counties,  Hew  Jersey,  upon  which  v/e  acquired  the  Bur- 
face  rights  from  you  in  the  year  1914. 

in  order  that  he  may  obtain  the  fee  simple  title  to 
the  property  Mr,  England  wishes  to  purchase  the  mineral  rights 
which  were  retained  by  you  in  the  conveyance  to  this  company. 

V/e  are  desirous  of  making  the  sale  to  Mr.  England 
and  will  therefore  appreciate  anything  you  may  be  able  to  do 
for  him  in  this  connection. 


Passaic  Metal  "Ware  Company 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 
Orange, 

New  Jersey. 


'V  c 

Esq., 


Dear  Mr.  Edison:  ** 

I  thank  you  verj — L 

much  for  your  kind  l^ter  of  the  85th,  ^ 
cart icularly  for  your  attitude  in_the  <=■" 

matter  of  adlusting  the  mineral  rights  ■  .fr^uA***** 

on  the  property  on  which  I  hold  opt  ions. 

I  deeply  appreciate  your 

very  generous  offer,  but  it  would  be  / 

exceedingly  embarrassing  to  me  were  A 

you^ to  insist  upon  a  transfer  of  mineral  W ** 

rights  without  compensation,  andlshould  I  /  a  , 

of  course  muoh  prefer  to  pay  to  you  a  sum 

equal  to  their  value.  J  J  r 

_  */ 

I  do  not  understand  from  .V 

your  letter  jUBt  where  the  mines  of  U  *  S 

as«s:  ’^ossarsip-f  s**  u  v  H-/ •  _ 

cl  is.  u Jf*— ^ 

]  elusion  of  this  matter.  . 

./  With  good  wishes,  believe 


s«¥}) 


Very  sincerely  yours, 


Pashaio,Ne\v Jersey  February  4,  1916. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange, 

New  Jersey. 


Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Thank  you  for  your  good 
letter  of  the  1st. 

I  take  pleasure  in  enclos¬ 
ing  herewith  a  State  topographical 
map  on  which  I  have  indicated  the 
location  of  the  property  on  which  I 
have  options,  and  have  also  indicated 
where  the  proposed  pond  will  be. 

With  this  map  before  you, 
you  will  undoubtedly  be  able  to 
determine  definitely  just  the  exact 
location  of  the  property,  and  I 
should  be  pleased  to  hear  from  you 
further  in  the  matter  at  your  con¬ 
venience. 


With  kindest  regards, 
believe  me, 


Yours  very  truly, 

3-ao,a.e.  ^ 


_  X  V 


X 


IWE  :C 


Passaio  Metal 'W/VRE  Company 

Superior  Suow  QUIDS 
Superior  Sbrvioe  foradvertisers 
Decorated  and  1'lain  Medu.  Cans  and  Boxes 


Passaio.New  Jersey  Feb^ary  11, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  sincerely  appreciate 
your  very  generous  offer  to  give  me  free 
of  oharge  the  mineral  rights  on  the  so- 
called  Hopewell  tract,  except  the  portion 
hereinafter  noted,  and  confirm  my  desire 
to  pay  you  for  the  rights  which  you  have 
agreed  to  convey  to  me. 


My  under standing  of  this 
matter  now  is  that,  referring  to  the 
map  which  I  looked  at  with  you  yesterday, 
the  line  running  southwesterly  along  the 
Keeper  tract  of  100  acres  from  point  14 
to  point  13  is  to  be  continued  in  a 
straight  line  down  to  the  Riggs  traot, 
and  that  you  are  to  reserve  the  mineral 
rights  on  the  seotion  extending  from  this 
line  over  to  the  Davenport  property,  and 
taking  in  the  mine  Indicated  on  the  map. 


It  is  also  understood  that  you 
are  to  reserve  the  mineral  rights  on  a 
strip  of  land  along  the  Hopewell  or  Sparta 
Road  for  a  distance  of  four  hundred  (400) 
feet  from  this  road,  beginning  at  the 
junction  of  your  line  and  the  Bigg*  line 
and  extending  up  to  the  point  where  the 
property  which  I  am  to  purchase  ends. 


About  the  middle  of  this  line 
there  is  a  wood  road  whioh  gives  me  an 
entrance  to  the  property,  and  I  would 
greatly  anpreclate  it  if  you  would  exempt 
this  road'  from  the  mineral  rights  so  that 
I  may  always  have  free  passage  from  the 
property  to  this  main  highway. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.  February  IX,  1916. 


The  surveys  are  now  being  made 
and  as  soon  as  they  are  completed,  X  will 
have  my  attorney  prepare  the  necessary 
releases  as  indicated  above, -trusting 
you  will  consent  to  the  modification  which 
I  have  suggested  in  connection  with  tne 
wood  road  leading  to  the  property,-  and 
I  will  forward  these  to  you  for  execuuion, 
together  with  my  oheck  for  payment  for  the 
balance. 

As  I  told  you,  I  am  paying  the 
New  Jersey  Zinc  Company  six  dollars  for 
this  land  and  am  paying  Riggs  nine  dollars. 
The  Riggs  transfer  is  free  and  clear  of 
any  encumbrance,  and  the  New  Jersey  reserve 
the  right  to  cut  certain  timber  which  I 
have  estimated  to  be  worth  two  dollars  an 
acre,  so  I  feel  that  by  paying  you  one 
dollar  an  aore  for  the  mineral  rights,  i* 
would  place  the  Edison  tract  on  the  same 
basis  as  the  Riggs  tract,  which  in  my 
judgment  seems  fair,  and  I  should  be  pleased 
to  pay  you  for  the  mineral  rights  transfer 
to  me  on  the  basis  of  one  dollar  ($.00)  per 
acre. 

Please  accept  my  best  thanks  for 
your  kindness  in  this  matter,  and  “V  ®in5erS 
congratulations  on  this,  your  birthday.  I 
trust  that  you  may  enjoy  every  blessing  and 
the  best  of  health  for  many,  many  birthdays 
to  come. 

With  all  good  wishes,  believe  me, 


Yours  very  truly. 


IWE:C 


Chemical  Products  Comps 


^  So  -IL~~LmL 


T.  A.  Edison,  Ino., 

Aniline  Dept. 

Gentlemen: — 

I  am  herewith  enclosing  you  a  statement 
which  you  will  kindly  fill  out  and  return  so  that 
I  may  make  the  properjtssessment  on  your  personal 
property. 

This  blank  is  required  by  law  to  be  filled 
out,  sworn  to, and  returned.  Those  who  fail  to  comply 
with  this  request  will  be  assessed  according  to  the 
best  Judgment  of  the  Assessor,  and  from  this  assess¬ 
ment  no  deduction  can  be  made,  without  full  dsclosure 
of  all  taxable  and  non- taxable  property. 

Kindly  return  on  or  before  June  3,  1916. 


Yours  respectfully, 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange, 

hew  Jersey. 


Yy  dear  !v’r.  Edison:  _ 

I  am  enclosing  herewith  proposed 
draft  of  transfer  to  me  by  you  of  the  mineral 
rights  upon  the  section  of  the  Hopewell  tract 
which  I  had  the  pleasure  of  discussing  with 
-you  at  the  time  of  our  interview  some  two  or 


which  I  had  the  pleasure  of  discussing  with 
you  at  the  time  of  our  interview  some  two  or 
three  months  ago. 

You  will  note  by  the  map  enclosed 
herewith  that  the  parcel  containing  approxi¬ 
mately  88.60  acres  is  not  included  in  this 
transfer  of  mineral  rights,  nor  is  the  400  ft. 
strip  along  the  Hopewell  road,  with  the  ex¬ 
ception  of  the  200  ft.  strip  along  the  wood 
road  giving  me  perpetual  entrance  to  the  property, 
which  I  understand  is  satisfactory  to  you. 

I  have  title  to  the  two  tracts  above 
referred  to,  but  of  course  you  retain  the 
mineral  rights  on  them. 

If  the  form  of  deed  is  entirely 
satisfactory  to  you,  and  you  will  so  indicate, 

I  should  be  pleased  to  send  the  original  to 
you  for  execution,  and  my  check  as  well  in 
payment  as  agreed. 

Trusting  you  are  well,  and  with 
kindest  regards,  believe  me. 


THE :  C 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange,  i!ev;  Jersey. 


Ily  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  appreciate  very  much 
the  very  satisfactory  interview  which  I  had 
with  you  this  morning  in  reference  to  the 
transfer  by  you  to  me  of  the  mineral  rights 
on  a  certain  tract  of  land  near  Hopewell 
Pond,  and  I  shall  be  pleased  to  forward  my 
check  promptly  on  receipt  of  the  deeds  signed 
by  Mrs*.  Edison,  as  well  as  yourself. 

7.  confirm  the  pleasure 
of  my  invitation  to  you  to  come  up  for  some 
fishing  as  soon  as  my  lake  is  in  shape  and 
stocked,  in  addition  to  whi ch .  I  trust  that 
some  time  in  the  near  future  I  may  have  the 
opportunity  of  reciprocating  the  kindness  and 
consideration  you  have  shown  me  in  this  matter. 

771th  all  good  wishes, 

believe  me, 


Yours  very  truly. 


IY7E:C 


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on  the  Newark  Meadows,  in  which  you  ask  to  be  given  an/ 
l  idea  of  the  prices.  i- 

It  would  he  rather  difficult  to  give  you 
prices  of  this  property  unless  I  knew  in  what  locality  J 

you  were  interested.  The  Newark  Factory  Sites, Inc. 
own  a  tract  of  land  at  the  head  of  Newark  Bay,  comprising 
a  little  over  3000  acres.  I  am  enclosing  a  map  of  tK*-— 
property  and  have  numbered  on  same  six  sites  that  have 
recently  been  acquired. 

Parcel  #1  was  purchased  by  the  Ford  Motor 
Company;  #8  by  the  Egyptian  Lacquer  Company;  #3  by  the 
North  American  Copper  Company;  #4  bv  the  H.Koppers  Com¬ 
pany;  #5  by  the  White  Tar  Company;  #6  by  the  Martin 
Dennis  Company. 

The  land  adjoining  Parcel  #5  or  the  White 
Tar  Company,  is  held  at  $3000.  per  acre,  for  the  water 
front  lying  between  the  River  and  the  New  York  &  Green¬ 
wood  Lake  Railroad,  and,  $1000  for  the  back  land. 

The  land  adjoining  Parcel  #3  on  the  south 
with  a  frontage  on  the  Hackensack  River  is  held  at 
$10,000.  per  acre.  The  land  fronting  on  the  Hacken- 


Mr.T.A.E. 


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Oct.  26th, 1916. 


sack  River  in  the  locality  of  that  purchased  hy  Henry 
Ford  is  held  at  $10,000.  per  acre. 

If  you  have  any  particular  proposition 
inirlnd,  I  will  appreciate  the  opportunity  of  discussing 
the  matter  thoroughly  with  you. 


RCM.JM 


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Mr. Thomas  A. Edison, 

Orange,N. J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  received  your  letter  of  the  38th 
in  to'm  nh  vou  state  that  you  are  thinking  oi 
acquiring  land  for  a  chemical  works  ^t  believe  you 
can  do  much  better  in  regard  to  prices  in  another 
locality  than  the  prices  I  quoted  for  property  on  the 
Newark  Meadows. 

Before  you  make  any  decision  in  this 
matter,  will  you  grant  me  a  few  minutes  interview? 

I  have  no  doubt  but  that  I  ?°uld  ar- 
rung,  a  plot  on  tb.  “*“]•  |“ iStMoS,  I  Sive 

X  will  call  at  your  office  any  day  that 
is  convenient  let  ffie  hear  fu,th" 

from  you. 

-  ■‘•ruly  yours, 

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DEPARTI 


industrial  department 


November  30-1916. 

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property  thaft  we  talked  about  when  I  was  at  your  \  u?p 
office.  j  n* 

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let  me  heir  from  you  in  regard  to  the  matter. 

Yours  truly, 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Religion  and  Spiritualism  (E-16-72) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  regarding 
Edison's  opinions  and  widely  publicized  statements  about  immorta'ity  theology 
superstition,  and  related  subjects.  Among  the  items  for  1916  is  a  statement  by 
Edison  to  the  American  Jewish  Congress  on  the  political  future  of  the  Jewish 
people.  Also  included  are  references  to  Edison’s  beliefs  about  mental  telepathy 
and  the  existence  of  a  supreme  intelligence  and  his  opinion  about  the  powers 
of  noted  spiritualist  Bert  Reese. 

Approximately  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  inquiries  about  religion,  astrology  psychic 
phenomena,  andelectromagneticwaves;  requests  for  Edison  s  assistance  and 
expressions  of  personal  beliefs;  and  questions  about  howto  9et  intouchwith 
Bert  Reese,  who  was  known  to  be  an  acquaintance  of  Edison.  None  of  these 
letters  received  a  substantive  response. 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

.  Orange, 

Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

I  should  appreciate ^ very VniwhJLf'yo^JiC1114  J. 
Kindly  permit  me  to  write  you 

In  the  Jewish  newspaper,  namely,  the  "Forward" 
dated  the  11th  of  June  1916,  was  edited  a  very  interest¬ 


ing  dialogue  which  oonoerned  the  world-widely-known 
gentleman,  Mr.  IhomaB  A.  Edison  and  the  reporter  of  the 
"Forward”  Mr*  Kahan* 

The  following  words  are  said  to  have  been 
spoken  by  Mr;  Edison  to  the  reporter,  Mr.  Kahan:- 

"The  whole  world  1b  a  secret  and  nothing  morel " 
"You  are  a  free-thinker,  you  do  not  believe  in 


God?"  asked  Mr.  Kahan. 

"I  positively  do  not  believe1.  No  learned  man 
believes,"  replied  Mr.  Edison.  "How  can  one  believe,  if 
one  understands  the  laws  of  Nature?" 

Hence,  the  "Forward"  writes,  that  Mr*  Thomas  A. 
Edison's  father  was  a  thoughtful  person,  and  it  wsb  stated  in 
the  Hebrew  language,  an  "Apekores" ,  whioh  means  in  the  Eng¬ 
lish  language,  a  non-religious  man. 

Is  it  possible  that  Buoh  a  wise-minded  man  as 
Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  who  had  discovered  bo  many  wonderful 
and  needful  things,  should  speak  these  words  publicly,  and 
to  have  millions  of  persons  read  these  words  and  to  stir-up 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison* 

.  Orange,  H.  J* 


June  Si,  1916 « 


the  peoples'  souls  ana  high  iaea  of  SOD?  Ana,  WHY  Bhcuia 
the  people  believe  what  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Eaison  says?  Because, 
these  wcras  come  from  MR.  THOMAS  A.  EDISOH'S  mouth,  ana  whose 
woras  are  aaorea  by  the  whole  wiae  woria. 

How,  in  oase  the  above  mentionea  woras,  that  were 
saia  to  be  spoken  by  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Eaison  to  the  reporter  of 
the  "Forward",  Mr.  Kahan,  are  HOT  true,  therefore  the  "Forward" 
shouia  veto  or  oall  back  this  eaitorial  by  YOUR  oommana,  be¬ 
cause  they  were  not  saia  in  youmame,  ana  the  "Forward"  shall 
admit  that  it  stated  a  lie  about  you. 

Hoping  that  you  will  carefully  read  my  letter,  ana 
kindly  answer  same,  I  remain 

Yours  respeotfully, 

Joseph  Metzger, 

(JM/  EM.  Seo't.)  2g6  3outh  2nd  Street, 

N.  Y. 


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power  Bade  by  almost  anyone.  Can  you  spare  time  out  of  your  busy  life  to 
make  a  statement  In  regard  to  your  connection  with  Prof  Reese  as  herein 
recited .  One  of  the  reasons  that  seems  to  brand  It  as  a  fake  in  my  mJnd,is,. 
that  they  a  show  a  picture  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, but  have  no  picture  of  Reese  . 
to  exhibit, though  he  is  the  subject  of  the  article. 

Enclosed  please  find  copy  of  article  from  Boise  Cpltal  News  of  July  33rd, 19 
16, also  return  postage. 

Yours  Truiy,  A.  A.  Sessions , Mountain  Home, Idaho. 


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EXECUTIVE  ORGANIZATION  COMMITTEE 


METROPOLITAN  LIFE  BUILDING 
I  MADISON  AVENUE,  NEW  YORK 


'"'"Wionas  Alva  Edisc 
Llewellyn  Park 
Orange,  II.  J. 


Dear  oir: 

The  groat  v.ar  which  has  brought  so  ranch  i 
of  the  nationalities  of  Europe  has  also  caused  u"~ 
to  the  Jewish  people.  With  hundreds  of  Jewish 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCL0SURE1 


Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Stock  and  Bond  Offerings  [not  selected]  (E-16-73) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  prospectuses,  and  other  items 
relating  to  the  purchase  of  stocks  and  bonds.  None  of  the  letters  received  a 
substantive  reply  from  Edison. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Submarines  [not  selected]  (E-16-74) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
relating  to  submarines.  None  of  the  few  letters  from  1916  received  a 
substantive  response.  Most  of  Edison’s  correspondence  concerning 
submarines  can  be  found  in  the  Naval  Consulting  Board  and  Related  Wartime 
Research  Papers,  Special  Collections  Series.  Correspondence  and  other 
documents  pertaining  to  the  explosion  aboard  the  Navy's  E-2  submarine  in 
January  1916  can  be  found  in  E-16-22  (E-2  Explosion). 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Telescribe  [not  selected]  (E-16-75) 


This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  Telescribe,  a  device  for  recording  telephone  conversationsjhere  are 
only  a  few  items  for  1 916,  none  of  which  received  a  substantive  response  from 
Edison.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  E-16-23  (Ediphone). 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  General  (E-16-76) 

TOs folder  contains 

relating  to  the  pertaining  to  TAE  Inc.,  Edison 

Among  the  items  for  1916  are™c  CH0  and  the  organic  chemical 

Phonograph  Works  Edls0"^°9  memorandum  by  purchasing  manager 
plants  owned  by  Edison ^^^II^STSTS^airSi  procedures;  and 

Approximately  5  percent  of 

unselected  material  relates  Pr,^J' V  meeting  notices,  staff  lists  of 

including  asset  reaitocation,  corpora  y 'J"  .  ,  9  nd  divisional  annual 

purchasers  and  managers,  accounts  of  foreign  sa,es 
budgets.  There  are  also  documents  pertaining  toefltort.  to  re 
emissions.  A  few  items  are  initial  .  y  .  frea'uently  in  the  documents  are 
SSESfflSSn !sS»  B.  Mambett,  Hany  F.  Millar,  and  Carl  H, 
Wilson. 


Purchasing  Service  Department  Ilomorandum  Ho, 


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Lir.  Lieadowcroft: 


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I  nave  your  pencil  notation  o**  «*, 
orandum  in  reference,  to  the  Schutz  O'Heill  Co., 
r  explanation  of  this  transaction. 


/  SuppleYianting  our  brief  discussion  of  the 

/subieot  last  night,  l.;r.  Edison  has  given  me  to  under st ana  , 

/ that  when  he  asks  yours.aif  and  others  to  get  tilings  xor  mm 
l  be  means  for  you  to  make  the  proper  reauest  upon  tne  pur¬ 
chasing-  department,  and  ha  has  fur tner  mstructea  me  that 
\  I  am  not  to  honor  bills  or  confirm  transactions  or  our chases 
\that  have  been  wade  outside  the  purchasing  department. 

you  will!  appreciate  I  am  sure  that  tne 
purchasing  department  is  a  service  department,  and  that  we 
v/ill  be  just  as  anxious  tol  carry  out  any  desire  that  hr. 

Edison  may  express  directliy  or  thro  up 

be,  and  that  good  organization  practise,  to  v'£nt 

to  conform  in  a  great  institution  line  this, pepiies  frank 
discussion  and  oo-operati6n  in  a  situation  ca  ohis  Kind. 

I  am,  therefore,  going  to  ask  you  again 
that  --ou  do  not  make  purchases  and  expect  the  purchasing  de- 
mirtment  to  confirm  the  transaction  or  honor  any  bill  renaered. 


ACE/ED 


f'Y  <S  SSl  y 

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3261 


REPLY  TO  EFFICIENCY  ENGINEER'S  MEMORANDUM  NO. - 

DIVISION  IN  QUESTION  -  ^erehlp  and  Active  Executive  Control.  DATE  -  Feh.  24th,  1916. 
SUBJECT  -  Transfer  of  Stook  Ownership  from  T.A.E.,  Inc,  to  T.A.Edison,  personal. 

RESULT  WANTED  BY  -  A®  of  Fehruary  23rd,  1916. 

PLEASE  CO-OPERATE  WITH  -  F“lal  Exeoutlve-Hr.B.B.Uombert. 


Ur.  S.  B.  Mambert, 
Financial  Executive. 


In  reply  to  your  memorandum  #3261, 
I  hand  you  herewith  draft  of  Minutes  of  a  Special  Meeting  of  the 
Board  of  Directors  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.,  08  *Bt™“ll tte’ 
1916,  covering  resolution  authorizing  me  as  5pea5I1^8L,*®  of 

497  Shares  of  the  capital  stook  of  The  Phonograph 0  FP 
iaihattan  at  par  value  to  Hr.  Thomas  A.  E^son,  and  « 
aooount  on  our  hooks  with  the  value  of  same,  namely  -  ?49,7uu.uu. 

Please  have  Hr.  Edison  and  Messrs, 
Meadoworoft  and  Hiller  put  their  O^.  on  tMB  draft.  and  return  it 
to  n»,  bo  that  I  can  enter  it  on  the  Minute  Book* 


E.  J.  Berggren.l 


COPIES  OF  THIS  REPLY  SHOULD  BE  SENT  TO  ALL 
ORIGINAL,  INCLUDING  T^COPIES  TO  THE  FINANCIAL  EXECUTIVE  S  OFFICE. 

COPIES  TO  -  Messrs.  H.F.Mller  and  O.H.Wllson. 


Fora  1276. 


Ur.  Emery i 


August  17th,  1916. 
RAB-9-981 


Ihl8  la  to  remind  you  that  we  have  teen  after  your  department  alnoe 
Hay  16th  to  dispose  of  sorap,  borings  and  Phonograph  parts  whloh  hare  greatly 
handloapped  us  here  in  the  yard  of  the  Storage  Battery  Company. 

It  Is  my  desire  to  keep  the  yard  in  as  presentable  oondltionnas 
possible.  Uy  attention  has  been  called  to  the  condition  of  the  yard  at  various 
times  by  Hrs.  Edison  who  takes  a  great  interest  in  having  the  place  look  ship¬ 
shape,  which  is  also  my  long  suit.  I  find  that  this  scrap  has  net  yet  been 
removed  and  I  now  desire  to  have  action  taken  at  once  to  have  this  removed  so 
as  to  be  able  to  again  get  back  into  normal  oondition  here. 

I  am  sending  oopy  of  this  memorandum  to  both  llr.  Uambert  and  Hr.  Chas. 
Edison  as  I  have  also  oalled  their  attention  to  the  same  pile  of  sorap  to  assist 
me  in  getting  the  yard  clean.  Unless  this  is  taken  out  this  week  I  shall  ask 
llr.  Edison's  consent  to  let  our  man  dispose  of  same  here.  Shis  is  only  one 
of  many  oomplalnts  I  have  to  make  regarding  the  disposal  of  material. 

I  have  Just  returned  from  the  Carpenter  Shop  where  I  notloed  approxi¬ 
mately  10  to  16  loads  scrap  wood  piled  up  on  the  outside  of  the  Carpenter  shop, 
with  Erie  engines  passing  by  very  frequently.  It  would  be  a  sad  mess  if  hot 
coals  discharged  from  the  engines  would  set  fire  to  the  pile  of  sorap  wood 
stored  there.  These  are  conditions  that  we  never  had  to  contend  with  before, 
and  I  hope  you  will  make  it  a  point  to  put  this  up  to  someone  who  we  can  hold 
responsible  for  these  conditions. 


R.  A.  BAOHHAE 


)  Mr.Edlson1' 
Ur.Ohas.Edison 
Ur.llambert 


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Please  notV the  attached  recommendation 
,e  Fire  Chief  regarding  additional  hydrants  necess 
illine  and  Phenol  Divisions. 

The  cost  of  this  work  would  be  $580.00. 

If  you  decide  to  comoly  with  his  recom- 
ition  kindly  issue  the  necessary  Purchase  Order 
,e  Construction  &  Maintenance  Division. 


CCt  to  Messrs.  Mason,  Kammerhoff,  Miller,  Hudson, 
Mi'Vn  IM-enwo,  C  Edison  &  J  J  Allen.  M"’'] 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


-REPORT-  * 


September  30,  1R1C. 


Mr.  Charles  f'icolai, 

division  Manager. 

Si  r:  - 

In  compliance  with  oxisting  orders  I  re¬ 
spectfully  recommend  the  follov/ing*. 

That  three  2-‘.vay  hydrants  with  standard 
regulation  2!"  outlets  also  extension  of  water  faai  n 
not  less  than  15"  be  layed  and  distributed  for  same, 

In  location  toward  the  new  building  now  in  course  of 
construction,  Amidophenol  Plant,  Aniline  ,  nd  Phenol 
Divisions,  Silver  lake. 

In  my' opinion  this  is  necessary  and  should 
Oo  teken  up  as  soon  as  possible  for  proper  protection 
in  these  Divisions. 


John  J .  Allen 
FIRE  CHIEF. 


COMBINED  BUDGET  FOR  DECEMBER- 19 16 . 
THOS.  A  EDISON  AFFILIATED  INTERESTS 
ESTIMATED  AS  OF  DECEMBER  12,1916. 


RECEIPTS 


T.A.E.Ino.  T.A.E.  Edison 

&  Storage  Total. 

E.P, Works.  personal  Battery 


Receipts  from  Sales,  eto. 
Collections  on  Notes 
Total  Receipts  for  month 
Balance  at  Beginning  of  month 


$1  304  500.00  §288,927.44  $300,000.00  $1,893,427.44 
376.420.50  52.614.07  20.516.22  449,550.79. 

*1  680  920'. "SO  $341  541.51  $320.516.22  $2.342.978.23  . 


DISBURSEMENTS 
Pay  Rolls 

Travellers  Expenses 
Petty  Cash 
Royalties  &  Rebates 
Notes  Payable 

Acots.  Payable  &  Miscellaneous 
Total  Disbursements  for  month 
Balance  at  end  of  month 


$  400,000.00  $  37,000.00  $112,000.00  $  549,000.00 


313,000.00 

846,000.00 

$1,584,000.00 

96.920.50 

$1,680,920.50 


/JiW-'/ty*  _ 


ESTIMATED  AND  ACTUAL  BUDGET  FOE  DECEMBEE-19I6. 


T»  A*  Edison  Personal  Plants. 


Estimate  made  Deo. 18-16. 


Actual 


Aooounts  Receivable  $266,000.00 
Royalties  4;000.00 
Carbolic  Shipments  to  Govt.  11,927.44 
T.  A.  Edison,  Ino.  18,000,00 


Total  receipts  for  month  $288,927.44  $389,896.76 

Balance  at  beginning  of  month62,614.07  62,614.07 


$341,641.61 

$442,609.82 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Accounts  Payable 

176,000.00 

262,676.47 

Pay  Roll 

37,000.00 

38,172.68 

Petty  Cash 

700.00 

666.01 

Royalties 

2,000.00 

3,646.41 

Notes  Payable 

2,600.00 

3,126.00 

Miscellaneous  Prompt  Paymentsl0,000.00 

61,214.60 

N.  F.  Brady 

16,000.00 

16.000.00 

Total  Disbursements  for 

month242,200.00 

364,401.37 

Balance  at  end  of  month 

99,341.61 

78,108.46 

$341,641. Si 

$442,609. $£ 

Deo ember  12th,  1916 


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THOMAS  A.  EDISOH  IHC 


Directors  elected  at  annual  meoting  of 
stockholders  held  June  12,  1916: 


Directors 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Charles  Edison 
Carl  H.  Wilson 
Stephen  B.  Llaiahert 
Harry  F.  Miller. 


Officers  elected  at  annual  meeting  of  Directors 
held  June  12,  1916. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  President 

Charles  Edison,  Chairman  of  Board  of  Directors 
Carl  H.  Wilson,  Vice-Pres.  &  Gen.  Mgr. 

Stephen  3.  Humbert,  Tice- Pres.  fc  Financial  Executive 
Water  Stevens,  Vice-Pres.  &  Dlv.  Mgr.  Export  Div. 
William  Maxwell,  Vice-Pres.  &  Div.  Mgr.  Mus.  Phono. Div. 
Helson  C .  Durand,  Vice-Pres.  &  Div.  Mgr.  Diet . Mach. Div. 
S.  S.  Hudsoh,  Vice-Pres.  &  Div.  Mgr.  Prim.  Battery  Div. 
i.  W.  UcChesney,  Vice-Pres.  k  Div.  Mgr.  Motion  Pic. Div. 
Harry  F.  Miller,  Treasurer 
Hamilton  Musk,  Secretary 

Delos  Holden,  General  Counsel  %  . 

■Walter  L.  Eokort,  Con  oral  Auil4r-b»r .  ,C  'Wisy-. 


ED  I  SOU  KI11ET0PH01IE  OOUPA1IY 


Directors  elected  at  Annual  tie e ting  of 
stockholders  held  July  1,  1916: 


Directors 


Thomas  A.  Edison 
Charles  Edison 
S.  B.  Uambert 
H.  E.  Hiller 
C.  U.  Wilson. 


At  tne  annual  meeting  of  the  Board  of 
Directors  the  following  officers  were  elected: 


Officers 


Charles  Edison 
Thomas  A.  Edison 
3.  B.  Uambert 
C.  H.  Wilson 
H.  F.  Hiller 
Hamilton  Husk 


Chairman  of  Board 
President 

V.  p.  &  financial  Ex. 

y.  p.  &  c.  i.:f 

Treasurer 

Secretary 


E.  E.  Homo.  1TO.  403.0  of  July  14,  1916 
indicates  the  following as  directors 
of  Edison  Phonograph  Works: 


and  officers 


Directors 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Charles  Edison 
C.  H.  Wilson 
3.  B.  Hambert 
H.  E.  Hiller. 


Officers 


Charles  Edison 
Thorns  A.  Edison 
C.  H.  Wilson 
3.  B.  Hambert 
H.  E.  Hiller 
George  T.  Owen 


Chairman  of  Board 

President 

V.  P.  &  G.  U. 

V.  P.  &  Ein.  Ex. 

Treasurer 

Secretary. 


Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  Fire  [not  selected]  (E-16-77) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  fire  of  December  9,  1914,  that  destroyed  or  damaged  more  than  half  of 
the  buildings  in  the  West  Orange  laboratory  complex.  There  are  only  two 
items  for  1916.  One  is  a  question  about  concrete  fastenings;  the  other  is  an 
invoice  for  the  erection  of  structural  steel.  Neither  received  the  attention  of 
Edison. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Visitors  (E-16-78) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  with  individuals  planning  to  meet 
with  Edison,  arranging  for  others  to  meet  him,  or  thanking  Edison  for  a  recent 
visit.  Among  those  visiting  Edison’s  laboratory  or  home  in  1916  were  British 

munitions  inspector  Harry  Anderton;  New  Jersey  Commissioner  of  Labor  Lewis 

T.  Bryant;  Nicholas  P.  Melnikoff,  chief  engineer  to  the  Emperor  of  Russia;  John 
H.  Patterson,  president  of  the  National  Cash  Register  Co.;  Rear  Admiral 
Joseph  Strauss  of  the  Department  of  the  Navy's  Bureau  of  Ordnance; 
Republican  Party  leader  William  R.  Willcox,  who  managed  the  1916 
presidential  campaign  of  Charles  Evans  Hughes;  and  Hidetsugu  Yagi, 
professor  of  engineering  at  Tohoku  Imperial  University.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  pertaining  to  a  visit  by  H.  K.  Raymenton,  who  presented 
Edison  with  a  scrapbook,  compiled  by  his  father  William  H.  Raymenton, 
commemorating  the  inventor's  visit  to  Worcester,  Massachusetts,  in  1884.  In 
addition,  there  is  an  interoffice  communication  from  William  H.  Meadowcroftto 
Leonard  C.  McChesney  regarding  protocol  for  handling  requests  for 
appointments  with  Edison. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  letters  of  introduction  and  thanks;  routinely  declined 
requests  for  meetings,  factory  tours,  and  visits  by  youth  or  educational  groups; 
and  meeting  requests  that  were  approved  in  principle  but  about  which  no 
further  documentation  exists. 


NAVY  DEPARTMENT 

BUREAU  OF  ORDNANOE 
WASHINGTON.  D.  O. 

February  4,  1916. 


My  dear  Dr.  Hutchison: 

I  shall  he  very  glad  to  visit  Mr.  Edison 
at  his  Works  on  Tuesday  next.  Will  you  kindly 
send  me  the  necessary  directions  by  which  I  can 
best  reach  his  plant? 

Very  sincerely. 


Mr.  M.  E.  Hutchison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 


February  7,  1916. 

Mr.  L.  McChosnoy: 

Mr.  Patterson,  President  of  the  National  Cash 
Register  Co..  Dayton,  Ohio,  together  with  his  Secretary,  called 
on  us  to-day  for  the  purpose  of  ascertaining  our  methods  of 
doing  business,  organisation, policy,  efficiency,  system,  etc.,  and 
oppressed  a  desire  to  visit  our  Motion  Picture  Studio.  I  told  him 
we  would  he  very  glad  to  have  him  do  so,  and  ho  said  they  -would  try 
and  arrange  to  call  at  the  Jtudio  the  latter  part  of  this  week, 
probably  Friday.  She  Secretary  said  he  would  probably  telephone 
you  in  advance  to  insure  your  being  there.  "-ken  tiioy  come,  please 
extend  every  possible  courtesy  and  snow  Mr.  Patterson  everything 
ho  wants  to  see  or  know  about. 

,C!rv/lWI7  '  C.  U.  7. 


February  15th,  1916< 


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Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  am  anxious  to  call  and  see  you 
for  a  few  minutes  sometime  within  the  next 
week,  or  so,  if  you  can  make  it  conve¬ 
nient  to  see  me.  It  would  be  more  con¬ 
venient  for  me.  to  go  out  in  the  afternoon 
if  it  is  as  agreeable  to  you. 

You  will  remember  me  doubtless 
as  former  Chairman  of  the  Public  Service 
Commission  for  the  First  Distriot,  but  as. 
you  see  so  many  people,  I  am  calling  at¬ 
tention  to  that  fact. 

Yours  truly, 


TOE 

H.  PATTERSON, 


NMUQMl&k.  GASH)  REGUSTER  GQMPA.NY 


NEW  YORK,  N.  Y.  Jet.  S.'S,  1916. 


14 


Door  Mr.  Edison: 

I  wish  tyexpress  my  appreciation  of  the 
very  pleasany&nd  profitable  visit  that  I  had  with 
von  a  few  days  ago.  My  whole  visit  was  an  inspira¬ 
tion.  I  wfint  to  thank  you  cordially  for  all  you 
said  and/for  all  I  saw,  and  especially  for  what 
you  to>€  me  about  the  maintenance  of  your 
and  rental  condition.  Although  we  have  tried  my 
secretary,  Mr.  Hybolt,  and  I  have  been  unablp  to 
enumerate  all  of  the  many  good  points  wo  gained  by 
our  visit. 

I  think  it  is  impossible  for  you  to  really 
comprehend  the  magnitude  of  the  good  you  ar0  ^oing, 
not  only  as  an  inventor,  but  also  as  an  example  of 
what  simple  living  will  do  for  one.  Bo  one  can 
adequately  describe  the  vast  amount  of  good  your 
inventions  are  to  humanity.  Truly,  the  world  is  a 
bettor  place  because  you  are  living  in  it. 

If.  in  your  busy  life,  you  can  find  time  to 
stop  over  at  Dayton  with  we  for  a  day  or  two,  I  will 
make  it  a  point  to  be  there  and  show  you  what  we  are 
trying  to  do,  in  a  humble  way,  for  our  people. 

Sincerely  yours. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

East  Orange,  IT.  J. 


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Primary  Battery  Sales  Division 

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Ool  Lewis  S  Bryant,  Commissioner  of  Labor,  State  of  H 

Hew  Jersey,  is  desirous  of  seeing  Ur  Edison  and  of  introducing  to  him  Dr 
Ssamoltoski,  Chemist  of  the  Department  of  Labor,  State  of  How  Jersey,  and 
ho  lias  requested  me  if  possible  to  make  an  appointment  for  Thursday  of 
this  wools,  this  being  the  regular  day  on  which  Col  Bryant  visits  ITowarl:. 

Somotimo  ago  Dr  Saamoltoaki  endeavored  to  visit  our 
aniline.  Plant  in  order  to  make  the  regular  Inspection. of  the  Labor  Depart¬ 
ment,  but  was  not  allowed  to  enter  the  plant,  and  one  of  the  purposes  of 
the  Colonel's:  visit 'will  be  to ’explain  to  Ur  Edison  snd  to  as,  sure  him  that  if 
Dr  Szamoltoaki  is  permitted  to 'noise  his  regular  inspeotion,  such  information 
as  may  ho  obtained  in  this  manner  will  bo  treated  as  absolutoly  confidential 
and  will  not  be  used  in  any  manner  other  than  for  the  purposes '.of  the  Inbor 
Department." 

I  have  known  Col  Bryant  for  some  years  and  have  been  more 
or  loss  desirous  of  having  him  become  acquainted  with  Ur  Edison  and  the  Col 

lias  "been  dosirous  of  meeting  Lr. Edison#  • 

:  '  X  feel,  tliat  such  a  meeting  will  *0  Wflcial  in  connec- 

tion  with  the  necessary  relations  between  the  Bepartmenf  of  Labor  and  the 

various  Edison  Plants.  '■ 

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Ur.  Thomas  Edison, 

West  Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

line  to  the  worlfan^reoogntoe  the  ^^^SLica! 

SsrSS i-Sfe: 

ed. 

I  would  like  to  have  an  interview  with  you.  State 
to  you  our  troubles  and  get  your  advice  and  |»60estions. 

fH£ri»ik 

heretofore. 


Yours  truly,. 


Air  Reduction  Company 


50  Broad  Street 
New  York: 


with  you,-  as  I  would-' he  most,  pleased  to  do  to  talk  over 
the  matter  and  see  what  ideas  you  may  have  in  regard 

thereto.  '  ' 

As  our  name  indicates,  we  are  engaged 

in  the  reduction  of  the  air,  using  the  Oxygen,  nitrogen. 
Argon,  iieon  and  any  other  products  that  may  he  obtainable 
It  would  he  a  pleasure  for  me  to  have  a 
little  visit  with  you  whenever  you  can  spare  the  time, 
and  if  you  will  let  me  know  when  it  would  be  convenient 
for  you  to  see  me,  I  shall  he  glad  to  make  my  plans 


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64  Oriental  .troet. 
Howark,  ii*  J' 


Boar  sir : 

•Soar  favor  of  the  11th  instant  to  iir. 
Edison  has  teen  received-  Ho  toe  just  returned 
from  s.  vacation,  and  wishes  me  to  say  in  reply 
that  l|;  you  will  call  here  tomorrow  or  Saturday 
morning  or  llonflay  mornlnR  he  will  so,e  you  for  a 


few  lainuteo  • . 

Please  ask  for  mo. 

Yours  vory  truly, 


Acsiatont  to  Ih'.  Mison. 


i  September  23ra.l916._ 

Mr.  Hayes: 

On  froonosclay  next,  September  27th,  ar.  Ji'.’ison 
ia  ,  oing  to  entertain  the  Ola  i'imo  aha  Military  ’iologrnpliers . 
Shore  will  be  260  or  3oO  of  them  and  wo  are  going  to  give 
them  lunch  up  in  the  storage  battery  building.  Ho.  want  to 
let  them  hoar  the  Siec  phonograph,  so  will  you  please  make 
arrangements  to  have  a  machine  up  there  and  all  ready  for 
operation  by  12  o'clock  noon  on  next  Hednesday.  Had  you 
not  bettor  arrango  the  matter  so  as  to  operate  it  yourself? 

H.  iiiUUiOYi CKOFx • 


October  28,1916 


~ISr.;  Pilchard  O.  Pains,  :  ' 

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Mow  'Sort  City, 

'  .  ■  Hew  York. 

Boar  Sir  j-  "  ...  i  ' 

•_  Your  favor  of  the  Ebtji  last;  to  Mr.  Mison 
was  received  and  has  been  shown  to  him.  He  says  that 
<•  if  you  wish,  to  come  over  and  take  a  general  look  around, 
you  are  at  liberty  to  do  so.  Ho  cannot  give  you  per- 
-miBsion  to  go  through  the  Works  as"  the  visiting  priv-  , 
ilege  has  been  entirely  suspended ,  but  if  he  is  here 
whon  you  call  he  will  see  yo.u. 

When  you  come,  please' inquire  for  me  and'  I 
will  arrange  for.  you  to  meet  Mr.  Hdidon,  if  he  is. here. 

.  .  Yours  very  truly, ' 


Assistant  to  Hr.  liaison. 


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Philadelphia,'.  ?a. 

Boar  Sir 

Your  favor. of  tho  30th  ultimo  was  laid 
boforo  I.!r.  Kdison  on  hie  return  from  a  trip  out  of 
town.  Ho  wishes  mo  to  say  in  roply  -that  ho  will  bo 
glad  to  doc  you  at  .ho  laboratory  when  it  iE  convcn 
iont  for  you  to  como  ovor.  So  far,  as.  he  knows,  ho 
oxpco.ts  to  bo  hero  all  of  tho  present  woek. 

Plcaso  iiiouiro  for  mo  when  you  como. 

Yours  very  truly, 

1  Assistant  to  Iir.  iidison. 


llovombor  20,1916. 


Ur.  I>.  C.  HcChooney. 

A  croat  many  pooplo  uslc  for 
appointments  for  intorviowo  with  lir.  xI° 

has  found  in  a  creut  many  cgbob  that  tno  ^ubjoot 
of  tlio  propsoa  intorviow  1b  aomothlnp;  in  v  .loh^ 
ho  la  not  tit  all  inter oBtod ,  unci  his  valuable  uimo 
would  bo  wastod  Had  ho  Rrantod  tho  intorviow. 

Of  course,  this  it.  not  unlvo. Bally,  but  only  in 
a  larfro  number  of  oc.Be . 

v;%oft  G  ronuoot  for  an  lntoiviow  is.mado 
now-aSdayB,  Hr.  Edison  wlchcc  to  bo  lnformod  as 
f0‘  tho  nature  of  tho  matter  to  bo  aiccusBod.  n-on 
ho  it  ablo  to  ,’udfo  who  the  r  or  not  ho  eeh  -Pa-o 
tho  time.  Under  hie  inotruotions,  I  onswor  ro- 
uoocito  for  intorviowa  aooordinoly.' 

ao  you  aro  well  acquainted  with  ir . 
sjj  -p.-inn  do  you  not  thinh  -i1^  would  bo  well  for 
"ou  ^  wri°0  to  him  to -this,  offoot? .  If  you  would 
prefer  to  havo  mo  write,  1  shall  bo  Clad  to  do  so. 

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November  28,  1916. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

i4jr  dear  J£r.  Edison: 

Will  you  allow  me  to  introduce  the 
Comnandeur, G.  E.  Elia,  of  Italy  who  is  paying  a  visit 
to  this  country.  He  is  connected,  I  believe,  with  the 
Vickers  Works  in  England,  and  is  an  inventor  of  eminence. 
I  feel  sure  you  will  be  pleased  to  make  his  acquaintance, 
as  ue  is  a  charming  gentleman. 


Yours  very  sincerely, 


JU/„s  gP.JUitcf/ 

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Docombor  7,1910. 


e/o  Eho  University  Club, 

yifth  ji.vohuo  0;  54th  Street, 

Ilev?  York,  II.  Y.- 

Dour  Hr.  Hill: 

•  Your  note  of  yoetorday’s;  date 
to  Mr.  Edicon  hao  boon  reoolrefl  end  shown  to 
him.  Ho  it:  co  buoy  on  cqao  important  oxyeri- 
nontB  thi :t  ho  bus  no  time  to  write:,  but  has 
reejxoGtod  mo  to  say  that  ho  will  bo  GlQd.  to 
boo  you  and  Mr.  Hotnikoff  tomorrow. 

.1  would  suGReBt, oithor  botwoen  ton 
and  twelve  o’clock,  or  botwoen  two  and  four. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

Acsictunt  to  Mr.  Edieon. 


Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Warren  County  Warehouse  Co.  [not  selected]  (E-16-79) 

This  folder  contains  routine  documents  pertaining  to  the  Warren  County 
Warehouse  Co.,  a  subsidiary  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  The  three 
items  for  1916  all  relate  to  annual  meetings. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  West  Orange  Laboratory  (E-16-80) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
operations  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  Among  the  items  for  1918  are 
documents  pertaining  to  the  installation  of  an  illuminated  American  flag  by 
Valentine  Electric  Sign  Co.  of  Atlantic  City,  N.J.;  the  organization  of  a  miliha 
unSthefSU?  the  paving  of  Valley  Road  in  front  of  the  laboratory, the 
rearrangement  of  the  experimental  and  music  rooms  on  third  floor  of  the  main 
building-  and  the  disposition  of  scrap  and  surplus  platinum.  There  are  also  a 
few  items  concerning  chemical  experiments.  Although  the  laboratory  s  day-to- 
day  operations  were  handled  primarily  by  Charles  Edison  and  assistant  chief 
engineer  John  P.  Constable,  there  are  some  documents,  such  as  a 
memorandum  about  purchasing  window  screens  for  the  library,  that  bear 
marginal  notations  by  Edison. 

ADoroximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  routine  orders  and  payments  for  eguiprnent, 
supplies,  and  fixtures;  expense  sheets  and  other  accounting  documents 
routine  administrative  documents  handled  by  secretaries;  and  items  relating  to 
building  improvements  and  inspections. 


Hms  Tare  &ltoMi><er  <G©. 


A"HrT»<nnrn  T  tBInio .  Eeb.  25,  1916. 


Ediion  Laboratories, 

East  Orange, 

Gentlemen 


The  development 
meohanical  and  chemical 
growth  at  The  Goodyear  Tire  &  Rubber  Company 


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jlgSrlesearch  departments  along 

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.1  allow  ou: 


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1 We  find  it  necessary  ^ur  ”5^***' 

reports  and  statistics  of  yTe^several  research  depart,-^.^' 
ments,  to  bring  about  a  proper  cooperation  among{them. 

We  have  therefore  appointed  three  men  from  our  organisa¬ 
tion  to  study  methods  in  use  in  other  suocessfulytfffan- 
izations  of  this  sort. 

It  will  be  a  favor  to  us  if  you  will  a£ 
representatives  to  spend  possibly  a  day  with  you  during 
the  week  of  liar oh  6th,  for  the  purpose  of  obtaining  in¬ 
formation  as  to  the  system  you  employ  for  cooperation 
among  various  lines  of  development  work.  We  shall  be 
glad  to  return  the  courtesy  whenever  we  have  opportunity, 

An  early  reply  will  be  appreciated. 

Yours  truly, 

THE  GOO^Y^AB^TIHE  &, RUBBER  COMPAHY 


£r.  *lmquiati- 

Is  2ir.  Sell oon'o  aim  to  an intoin  at  too  laboratory.  «i  offloloat  auto- 
mnhiin  nowloo  fia  wishes  you  to  tsfco  charge  of  tolo  Oej?&rteient  and  bo  reejionoiblo  for 
^^“r^tex^eo  alTo^tion  of  too  c*n>  involved  in  the  service. 

ss  ££K  »n^rr  sr^svs  &■*■«  -  «» 

aatoers  of  our  o*Eonioa.tlou  unln<;  the  &■*%?>• 

Tour  du.  olios  should  be  .urctooed  according  to  too 

Aistrlots  to  the  oxtor.t  of  vSU.OO. 

>'roi-uurv  Be.  urtooat  will  aavunno  you  c  cash  oapitol  of  i84>.<JO,  end. 
*111  replenish  W.  to'S?s2t»t  of  the  wool,  ted  billo  which  you  i-rGoout  fin  U>  «• 
tii^  amount's  to  be^dvanceu  o uly  according  to  your  actual  raiuirmente. 


Coyles  to  iif. 


HUBon. 

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i-liciboft , 

I.nlir, 

Aellovt . 


Charles  aiisoii. 


(f&UCviM^  '  ^5x1  ‘^~I 

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Mr.  Edison:  ^  / 

Here  is  Louis  Ott's  import  about  oitsu-platinum 
ware  and  scrap.  You  will  see  that  the  first  sheet  refers 
to  platinum  and  silver  ware  for  laboratory  use .  He  has 
taken  these  articles  and  locked  them  up  in  his  closet  in 
the  chemical  room.  The  platinum  wt^ce  and  scrap  I  have  de¬ 
livered  to  Harry  Miller,  who  has  locked  it  up  in  the  big 
safe .  j 

You  will  see  that  Loiiis  Ott  has  attached  a  yellow 
sheet  at  the  back  of  his  report  showing  the  .value  at  $80.00 
to  $100.00  per  ounce.  8 hall  I  go  ahead  and  sell  this,  or 
wait  until  you  return?  / 

X  think  we  had/better  keep  the  Laboratory  utensils 
until  you  come,  so  that'  you  can  determine  yourself  what 
should  be  kept  or  sold . 

MEADOLOROET. 

/  'tirwt  . 


June  19  th,  1916. 


1  the  Laboratory. 
Accordingly  an  informal  meeting  will  he  held  on  the 
top  floor  of  the  Laboratory  Building  at  twelve  o'clock  (12:00)  noon  today, 
to  discuBa  the  possibility  of  such  an  organization. 

All  those  interested  are  invited  to  attend. 


JPCiUSH 


John  P.  Constable, 
Assistant  Chief  Enginec 


f  Orange, N.J.  June  28^/61916. 


X  t  oame  to  my  attention. that  the  letter  heading  of 
the  Incorporated  was  to  he  revised,  and  all  made  uniform  through¬ 
out. 


It  v/as  also  suggested  that  the  vrord  "Inc",  he  taken 
out  and  the  word  "Laboratory"  put  over  to  the  left  where  I  have 
indicated  in  pencil  and  that  this  similar  letter  heading|  so 
changed  he  used  for  the  Laboratory  correspondence. 


I  do  not  know  whether  this  has  been  presented  to  you 
to  he  passed  upon  or  not,  hut  I  want  to  suggest  that  such  a  change 
should  not  he  made,  lour  Laboratory  letter  heading  in  soript  is 
known  far  and  wide  throughout  the  country  and  abroad,  and  has 
been  in  use  so  many  years  that  it  seems  almost  like  a  trade  mark. 


There  is  another  and  I  consider  a  very  good  reason  for 
not  making  any  change*  If  you/ Laboratory  correspondence  is  con¬ 
ducted  on  a  letter  heading  practically  similar  to  the  letter  head¬ 
ing  of  the  Incorporated,  it  will  give  rise  to  countless  mistakes 
by  reason  of  letters  belong  to  one  place  going  to  the  other. 


MEADOW CROFT. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


^ffiwrurJ  (gdfj-vns, 


Lfr&OR.FjTOR.''/ 


Orange,  N.J. 


Ur.  Edison: 

la  the  Chemical  Sloraeo  Boom  ™  ‘lcvo  tot  1011  ov" 
liltoon  year,  tee  barrel,  el  «lcbre»te  .1  «taah.  0»e  cen¬ 
tal..  247  poerte  not  ana  the  other  557  vmu  not,  -hlas  a 
total  of  604  pounds  altogether . 

Shat  pink  shoot  of  the  trades  Sporting  Bureau 
.aye  that  Bichromate  el  letch  1.  -tea  at  S»  «  «  <■»*“  ’» 
peart.  ..llonlrt  Porhap.  lOfi  l.r  their  laaocaraey,  Urn  noall 
still  ho  a  respectable  price. 

■  than  X  try  to  ecu  ».  «  ^  1  «**  “°ra  " 
try  to  .on  It  as  eyer-ploa  or  rant,  materials 
w.  n.  UEADOV/OKOEE. 


July  14th.  1916. 


Mr.Iudwig  Ott: 

I  roported  the  Bichromato  of  Potash  to  Mr.  Edison, 
and  ho  says  that  we  will  sell  it.  Ur.  Emory  tokos  charge 
of  the  selling  of  these  left  over  products,  end  Ur.  Edison 
has  requested  him  to  soil  this,  except  26  pounds,  which  you 
had  'cotter  take  out  right  away  and  keep  in  a  box  in  tho  store 
room. 

I  would  suggest  to  you  that  you  take  out  this  26 
pounds  at  once,  as  tho  other  part  of  the  stuff  is  liable  to 
be  moved  very  quickly. 


V..  H.  MEADOYi CKOI’I . 


FARNHAM  YAROLEY 


TOWN  OF  WEST  ORANGE 

NEW  JERSEY 
MUNICIPAL  BUSINESS 


GEORGE  W.  FOSTER 


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September  12th,  1916 • 
IAB-9-1109 


My  dear  Mr.  iSdison: 

Regarding  the  attached  letter  of  the  town  of  West 
Orange,  written  by  Mr.  B.  P.  iaidlaw  whereon  you  wrote  "Bach¬ 
man  -  what  do  you  think?". 

In  this  respect  I  beg  to  state  that  X  think  that 
they  have  made  a  mistake  by  putting  Belgian  Block  in  the  gut¬ 
ters  in  the  first  place-  l'hey  should  have  used  cement  from  the 
curb  to  the  Belgian  block  border  on  the  outside  of  the  oar 
track,  which  would  have  given  sufficient  room  to  drive  on.  If 
they  used  Belgian  Block  across  the  entire  road  it  would  make  it 
awfully  noisy  and  unpleasant  driving,  as  I  notioe  all  vehicles 
now  make  it  a  point  to  stay  in  the  oar  tracks,  having  the  wheels 
travel  in  the  rails. 

If  your  original  suggestion  would  have  been  carried  out 
in  having  concrete  throughout  it  would  have  been  a  credit  to  the 
town.  As  it  is  now,  I  believe  Mr.  Laidlaw  is  more  or  less  right 
that  the  edges  would  crumble  away  unless  they  put  an  iron  runner 
on  both  sides  whioh  would  work  out  all  right. 

(signed)  Robert  A.  Bachman. 

Ihe  original  of  this  memorandum  was  sent  to  Mr.  B.  P.  laidlaw 
on  September  15th.  1916. 


U)>  g*.Ah@Si-~. 
1  'LA-&  , 

September  X9th,  1916. 


Ur.  Charles  Edison: 


Confirming  our  recent  conversation  X  would  like  to 
suggest  the  following  changes  in  arrangement  of  the  third  floor  of  the 
laboratory.  _  . . 

First:  that  the  partitions  on  the  north  side  of 
the  music  room  be  removed  so  as  to  make  one  large  room.  Season:  the 
two  small  rooms  formed  by  this  partition  are  not  used  at  present  and 
only  serve'as  a  place  to  store  Junk  in. 

Second:  the  small  music  room  could  be  moved  into 
this  largo  room  and  incorporated  with  it  which  would  allow  the  movement 
of  the  office  as  explained  later.  X  would  recommend  that  the  music  room 

be  fixed  up  so  as  to  be  a  show  room  of  the  laboratory  in  which  Btock 
phonographs  of  the  Edison  and  other  makes  which  we  have  a  number  already 
could  be  demonstrated  and  also  tested.  Shis  would  add  greatly  to  Ur. 
Hayes'  convenience  as  his  work  would  all  bo  in  one  room.  X  would  also 
suggest  that  the  raokvfor  music  and  cabinet-1  for  records  be  systematically 
arranged  and  that  all  Junk  be  cleared  out  o 


f  this  i 


Third:  I  would  recomnend  that  the  present  music 
room  be  given  to  Ur.  Kellow  as  an  office  as  the  present  office  is  not 
large  enough  to  accommodate  his  men  and  Ur.  Uiller's  men.  By  removing 
the  partition  which  now  separates  Ur.’  Dinwiddle's  room  from  the  music 
room  ample  room  would  be  available  for  Ur.  Kellow  and  Ur.  Uiller's  men. 
Ur.  Dinwiddle  informs  me  that  a  small  space  in  Ur.  Kennedy's  room  would 
be  sufficient  for  his  needs. 

Fourth:  The  Photographio  Service  to  remain  aB  it 
with  the  exception  that  shelves  should  be  provided  for  the  proper  storage 
and  filing  of  negatives  which  are  now  piled  in  one  corner  of  the  music 


Fifth:  X  would  recommend  that  Ur.  Holland  and  his 
assistant  be  transferred  from  tne  Galvanometer  room  to  the  room  now  ocou] 
by  Ur.  Uiller's  men  and  Ur.  Kellow*  Season:  Ur.  Holland  would  be  ini 
better  position  nearer  the  draughting  foom  and  closely  connected  withr.the 
Engineering  Department,  also  the  present  state  in  the  Galvanometer  room  is 
uSely  taken  up  with  some  of  Ur.  Humbert's  officers  and  is  hardly  stable 
for  some  of  Ur.  Holland  's  experimental  work.  Also  the  Galvanometer  room 
should  be  reserved  for  fine  instruments  and  material  of  that  character  a 
great  deal  of  which  is  already  stored  there.  The  space  on  the  north  side 
of  the  laboratory  opposite  the  elevator  should  be  reserved  for  experiment  1 
purposes  and  future  need.  I  would  also  like  to  call  attention  to  thefact 
that  the  toilets  and  Pash-basin  on  the  third  floor  are  in  had  shape  and 
would  advise  that  some  time  in  the  future  this  be  revised  and  made  more 
aanitarj  and  convenient. 


I  am  submitting  herewith  sketch  showing  the 
purposed  rearrangement.  If  this  meets  with  your  approval  kindly  Advise. 

JOHNP.  CONSTABLE, 
CHIEF  ENGINEER. 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


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I'  MOdHI/A 


VALENTINE  ELECTRIC  SIGN  COMPANY 


51^ 


Sentemher  £1. ,  1916 

Ify.  William  H.  Meadoworoft ,  See'v.  , 

3-1  i  non  Laboratories, 

Kn  si;  Orange  ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Stri¬ 
de  are  In  recelnt  of  an  order  from  Hr.  Henry  L.  Doherty  to  deliver 
p.n  electrified  American  flay,  to  Mr.  Kfllson,  and  to  ere  art  the  some  In  whatever 
location  vou  may  diraot. 

■Ha  would  like  to  send  from  here  whatever  hanging  riff  win.  he 
necessary  to  put  the  flay  in  the  proper  position  and  would  ask  that  you  send 
us  a  rough  pencil  drawl  n/f  showing  on  what  cart  of  the  hull  din?  the  flay  is  to 
pro  ,  whether  on  the  roof  or  wail,  and  with  such  details  of  the  hiiPflinv  as  vi  11 
enable  us  to  make  up  the  neoassary  iron  work  here. 

Wo  would  also  ask  you  to  advise  ns  whether  or  not  one  of  your 
electricians  will  make  the  connections  between  the  flam  and  the  surely  lines. 

'i’he  hoods  and  flashing  annaratus  ha 
to  you  from  the  Chicago  factory  and  marked  in  your  oare. 

Also  please  advise  whether  your  current  is  A.  0.  or  V 
send  the  nroner  motor  for  the  flash  ins  apparatus. 

Awaiting  your  reply  for  which  we  thank  you  in  advance 


>  been  ordered  shinned  direct 


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])icci 


,307310  ST0:r  00. 


V 


Oetohor  25,1916 


Valentino  a  Company, 

Atlantic  City,  H.J. 

Gentlemen: 

2his  is  to  certify  that  your  installation 
of  the  Aloe trie  Flag  on  my  Factory  Buildings  was  com¬ 
pleted  Tory  promptly  and  very  satisfactorily,  and  I 
am  very  much  pleased  with  your  work. 


Yours  very. truly. 


Form  1533-500-6-16 

SECRETARIAL  SERVICE  DEPARTMENT  OF  THOMAS 


EDISON,  PERSONAL. 


P 


Memorandum  No. 


SUBJECT; 


Changes  in  iixrorimontal  Rooording1^  Oot.  31,1916. 

studio.  Date 


Ur.  Hamilton  Husk,  Joorotary, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inaorpcrated: 

Hr.  A .  1st .  Kennedy  of  the 

Laboratory  Jtaff  has  requested  tills  morning  that  nrrango- 
monta  bo  made  in  accordance  with  airootlont)  to  iir.  Thomas 
A.  Edison  for  oortain  changes  on  Experimental  Recording 
•Studio  ns  follows: 


first:  Move  paddod  booth 

from  iouth  aide  of  Building  to  r.orthoast  oornor,  and  make 
reducing  collar  to  fit  now  horn. 

second;  Ereot  partitions  to 

separate  Recording  Room,  Record  Room  and  Artists’  Waiting 
Room  ond  around  Toilet  in  Waiting  Room. 


Third:  Furnish  and  install 

one  new  basin. 

Fourth:  Uovo  present  door  to 

south  aido  of  Building. 


Inasmuch  as  this  Building  is 
Incorporated  property,  no  doubt  you  will  want  to  arrange 
for  these  changes  in  your  own  organisation,  'ill  you 
not  kindly  thoreforo.if  proper,  co-oporato  with  i:r. 
Kennedy  In  this  regard  to  tho  ond  that  changes  may  bo 
made  promptly  in  aboordanoe  with  i.'.r.  Edison's  wishes. 


I  am. 


Thanking  you  for  your  attention. 


H.  K.  Kollow, 
Secretary. 


C.O.  to  Clearing  House  and  Ur.  Konnedy. 


im/m 


(Divisional  Binder) 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  World  War  I  (E-16-81) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison’s  views  about  World  War  I  and  war-related  matters.  Included  are 
remarks  by  Edison  about  compulsory  military  education,  a  national  East  Coast 
highway,  the  use  of  chemical  weapons  and  searchlights,  and  his  attitude 
toward  the  French,  whom  he  characterized  as  "one  of  the  finest  people  who 
dwell  on  Earth."  Among  the  correspondents  are  Charles  G.  Curtis  of  the 
International  Curtis  Marine  Turbine  Co.,  mineralogist  George  F.  Kunz,  and 
Edison's  brother-in-law  William  W.  Nichols.  There  is  also  a  letter  from  Col. 
Charles  H.  Sherrill,  grand  marshal  of  the  Citizens  Preparedness  Parade, 
thanking  Edison  for  his  participation  in  the  march,  which  took  place  in  New 
York  City  on  May  13, 1916.  Other  organizations  represented  in  the  documents 
include  the  Aircraft  Defense  League,  the  National  Security  League,  and  the 
Universal  Military  Training  League. 

Approximately  15  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  specific  inquiries  that  Edison  declined  to  comment 
upon  or  referred  elsewhere,  as  well  as  those  of  a  more  general  nature,  many 
from  students,  that  received  either  no  answer  or  a  form  letter  stating  that 
Edison  was  too  busy  to  reply.  Also  unselected  are  numerous  theories,  essays, 
plans,  poems,  and  printed  documents  submitted  to  Edison  on  themes  related 
to  war  and  military  preparedness. 


Four  hundred  and  five  Fifth  Av,i 


4 


iiineteen-sixteen.  V 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esa-nij®^^  ^  no^U's-a, 

ss«^.».  H  *?  *71 


2)ear  Er.  Edison  *lfl 
The  enclosed 
Times  explain: 

The  sooner  we 


have  bre: 
the  mat- 


~rj%£SV(tSmAf 

ycacily 'what  I  have  in  mind, 
re  prepared  against  any  one  ■ 

“*  *•...>=  the  better  it  will  ha.  I  /  «* 

&,  cU  t#t.  |c 

very  much  more  freely  since^ 


_  _  .....oh  more  frael 

Gffcv-au******  M"' 
irlhas  been  put  into  the  hands  of» 


the  intelligent  diava^oarH. .c  „■ 

&f  W  ’A  f 

With  best  wishes  for  t^ucJi  ha’pp: 
and  good 
believe  me 


J 


U-f-44 


[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


XLa,-. 


URGES  ALLIANCE  S 
AGAINST  ANY  FOE  § 

Diroctor  Barrett  Tells  Science  tjjo 
Congress  That  Wo  Face  the  ij’.mu"; 
Hostility  of  Europe.  ai''xo»-' 


SAFETY  ONLY  IN  UNITY 


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[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE] 


[CONTINUED  FROM  PRECEDING  FRAME] 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


My  dear  Mr-  Edison: 

As  a  Member  lo|' 

which  views  I  can  lay  b e^je^ny  Committee.  < 

We  are  very  much  1?n'Se^esVed  In  this£&ec.tion  in  building 
good  roads,  and  it  has  occurred  to  me  that  one  o^4he  necessary 
features  of  preparedness  would  be  a  first-clas ^highway  as  near  the 
coast  as  possible,  which  would  connect  up  the  couh^ry  perhaps  from 
Washington  south. 

I  understand  that  this  is  one  of  the  propositions  which 
has  your  approval,  and  am  therefore  writing  thinking  you  may  have 
written  some  articles  on  this  subject,  or  pamphlets  which  you  might 
send  me,  and  which  would  give  your  views  on  this  matter,  as  at  this 
time  our  counties  and  State  are  in  a  mood  1  believe  to  cooperate  with 
the  Government  in  a  general  plan  for  highways. 

If  you  can  comply  with  my  request  I  will  deem  it  an 
especial  favor  to  this  entire  community. 

Yours  very  truly, 


c\<Uk3 


fflmljanis  Equipment  Corporation/'' 

BOB  FIFTH  AVENUE  (  ^  / 


January  25th,  1915. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
East  Orange,.N.  J. 


A  Pi 

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Air 


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My  dear  Sir.-^  writer  iB  or^ffiflSan  anti-aircraft  gun 

AND  SEARCHLIGHT  CORPS.  ft <3^ ***^ 
Could  you  put  me  ^tgwh 

ties  to  see,  as  regards  tlie^most  powerful  type  of  searih- 


ties  to  see,  as  regards  the  moss  powernn  type  ^  == 

Qj'U-n, 

light  that  may  be  purchased  Ttor  such  purposes. 

Would  your  firm  be  interested  in  manufacturing 
such  defense  instruments  and  what  is  thet^apprfeimate  cost  ? 

1  would  thank  you  to  refrain  from ''giving  the 
matter  any  publicity  until  after  I  have  had  a  talk  with  such 
of  your  department  heads,  as  you  may  refer  me  to. 

Assuring  you  that  it  would  be  considered  an  ho¬ 
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My  dear  Sir:-  . .  .  ,  ^ . 

Some  of  our  directors  and  members  of  the  /  X  % 

Advisory  Committee,  whose  names  appear  above,  have  askfed  w  "  I 

me  to  work  out  a  plan  for  compulsory  military  training  \ 
that  would  be  adequate  and  which  would  as  speedily  as  \ 
possible,  provide  a  large  body  of  trained  and  efficient 
men  -(citizens  soldiers)-  upon  whom  the  government  might 
call  in  case  of  need.  An  outline  of  a  tentative  plan 
is  enclosed  covering  which  we  shall  be  glad  to  have  your 
criticisms. 


The  occasion  of  this  letter  is  to  inquire  of 
you,  as  a  large  employer,  what  value  you  would  attach  to 
the  training  proposed  as  preparatory  equipment  for  employ¬ 
ment.  Other  things  being  substantially  equal  would  you 
give  a  young  man  who  had  taken  this  training,  a  preference 
in  employment,  and  to  what  extent?  ma  w^Bh  ,n 

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—  .  _  _  _  What  we  wish  to 

i  is  the  commercial  value  of  such  training. 


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to  quote  from  your  reply.  A  copy  of  this  will  be  sent  to 
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Dear  Sir:- 

As  a  professor  at  the  Cours  Compldmentaire  (High  Sohool), 
of  7  rue  St. -Ferdinand,  I  have  strongly  reoommended  the  young  folks 
to  keep  albums, in  order  to  keep  together  documents  relating  to  the 
actual  events  whioh  convulse  our  poor  Europe. 


aay  X  take  the  liberty,  knowing  your  sympathy  for  our  cause, 
to  ask  you  a  few  lines  signed  by  your  goodBelf  7 

We  should  be  happy  and  proud  to  conserve  thiB  souvenir 
in  the  records  whioh  we  intend  giving  to  one  of  the  great  educational 
institutions. 


Trusting  to  be  favored  with  vour  renlv.  etc. 


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'  TELEPHONE  CENTRAL  6039  IlOVembSr  Blv-ISJA— 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  q/L  .  1'  \kaX~Ck  f* 

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Dear  Sir:  U  ft  {iccClUt-h  UI—l, 

This  Deague,  as  you  know,  is  beginning!  a  nation-wide  campaign 

4-er  oJr  Ltet-tX  fa.  l.W/«;(b  1/k  £er<..<Kv  Ufat-r 

of  education  to  create  public. sentiment  favorable  to.  a  law  providing  — . 

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universal  military  training  of  our  young  men.  We  s'Ji|.ll  send)  matter  from 
time  to  time  to  newspapers  and  other  publications  showing  how^tliis  and 
that  man,  this  leader  and  that  leader,  without  regard  to  politics,  reli¬ 
gion  or  social  standing,  views  this  great  movement.  That  iB,  we) shall 
endeavor  to  reflect  the  sentiment  of  the  nation  by  giving  to  the  people 


the  views  of  our  leading  men  and  women. 

We  think  it  but  fair  to  emphasize  the  value  of  the  physical 
training  that  universal  military  service  will  bring.  On  this  score 
alone  we  think  the  new  system  will  re-create  and  revive  American  manhood; 
put  our  American  race  a  notch  higher  both  as  to  physical  and  mental  de¬ 
velopment  which,  in  the  end,  spells  increased  moral  strength. 

There  are  other  features  -  such  as  the  wiping  out  of  the  odious 
lines  of  caste  to  be  effeoted  by  throwing  together  in  camp  and  on  the 
march  of  rich  boy  and  poor  boy.  All  the  boys  of  the  nation  would  be  sub¬ 
ject  to  this  new  law.  The  training  probably  will  cover  several  months 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison.  -8- 

the  first  year  and  even  less  the  second  year.  Then  the  trained 
hoys  become  reservists  and  follow  their  regular  lines  of  work. 
They  will  "know  how  to  fight"  and  therefore  America  will  he  ready. 
We  say  that  America  ready  is  America  safe. 

These  are  among  the  hig  and  popular  points  that  are  to 
he  emphasized.  We  shall  highly,  appreciate  a  short  statement  from 
you  on  the  value  of  this  training.  We  are  asking  similar  inter¬ 
views  of  other  men  of  national  prominence.  These  we  shall  he 
proud  to  use  in  the  newspapers  from  time  to  time  as  it  appears 
fitting. 

Yours  very 


Director  of  Publicity. 


INTERNATIONAL  CURTIS  MARINE  TURBINE  COMPANY 


November  27,1916. 


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iroviding  for  Universal^IiTitary  Tpining^and  Jof  dealing 
■ith  the  shortcomings  of  our  at  my  and  itavy  Departmentf^'-'in 
,n  effective  way,  if  possible.  The  following  gentlemeh  have 


each  subscribed  $5,000  apiec 


iking  a  fund  of  $100,qjbo 


Mr.  Chas.  G.  Curtis,  New  York.  Mr.  II.  Ii.  Byllesby 

Mr.  John  T .  Pratt,  New  York.  Mr.  Henry  ’.Valters, 

Mr.  Arthur  C.  James,  New  York,  Mr.  Julius  Rosenwald, 
Mr.  Robert  Bacon,  New  York.  Mr.  Y.'m.  V/rigley,  Jr  . , 

Mr.  J.  P.  Morgan,  New  York.  Mr.  H.  S.  Vail, 


Mr. George  W.  Perkins, New  York.  Mr .Edward  L.  Ryerson,  Chicago. 
Mr.  V/m .  H.  Childs,  Hew  York.  Mr.  E.  P.  Ripley,  Chicago. 

Mr.  Oliver  H.  Payne,  New  York.  Mr .Horace  Wilkinson,  Syracuse 

Mr.  Victor  Lawson,  Chicago.  Mr.  Cyrus  McCormick,  Chicago. 

Mr.  Frank  Logan.  Chicago.  Mr.  Richard  T.  Crane,  Chicago. 

The  campaign  is  to  be  managed  by  Mr.  Howard  H.  Gross, 
of  Chicago,  who,  with  the  financial  backing  of  the  late 
Mr.  James  J.  Hill,  Mr.  Perkins,  Mr.  Childs,  Mr.  Logan. and  othe: 
put  through  by  means  of  a  very  clever  national  campaign  the 


printei 


invited,  with  the  object  of  securing  an  expression  of  views 
and  discussing  practical  methods  of  proceedure. 

I  beg  to  inclose  an  invitation  to  this  dinner  and 
wish  very  much  that  you  may  do  us  the  honor  to  be  present  and 
give  us  any  suggestions  that  may  occur  to  you. 


Decembor£,  191G 


ilr.  Chao.  0.  Curtis, 

c/o  International-  Cur tie  Marino  Surbino  Co., 
2  P.octor  Street, 

Hew  York,  II.  Y. 

Dear  Mr.  Curtis: 

,  ,  1  greatly  appreciate  the  kind 

^?Lltati°n.encloaoa  ln  Sour  favor  of  tho  27th 
b5t  regret  to  say  that  it  will. not  bo 
mS.t0  slVG  pleasure  of 

attending  the  Dinner-.on  Pocorabor  5th. 

It  is  practically  impose iblo  for  no 
to  moke  appointments  for  the  futuro.  I  am 
essentially  an  experimonter,  and  cannot  toll 
in  just  what  position  I  may  be  in  in  rogard  to 
my  work  at  any  particular  time.  Just  now.  for 
instance,  I  am  in  the  midst  of  come  very  im¬ 
portant  experiments  which  will  oxtond  over  sov- 
cral  weeks,  ana  if  I  mad o  any  appointment  for 
a  futuro  dauo  tho  fulfillment  might  come  at  a 
crucial  moment  whon  I  might  have  to  sacrifice 
the  results  accruing  from  uooks  of  hard  work. 


Yours  very  truly. 


A/1438. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  X-Rays  (E-16-82) 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  experiments  with  x-rays  and 
other  physical  phenomena.  Among  the  documents  for  1 91 6  is  correspondence 
with  Edison  investor  James  Gaunt  and  his  brother,  physician  Thomas  T. 
Gaunt,  on  chemical  and  electrothermal  cancer  treatments;  a  communication 
from  Edison's  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison  concerning  scientist- 
inventor  Peter  Cooper  Hewitt's  work  on  ultraviolet  light;  and  a  letter  from 
Rockefeller  Institute  librarian  Lillia  M.  D.  Trask  about  a  list  of  fluorescent  salts 
prepared  by  Edison  in  1896. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  are  general  inquiries  that  were  not  answered  or  were  referred 
elsewhere. 


Herewith  are  the 

Questions.  My  brother  telle  me  that 
you  were  the  first  man  to  see  the  possi¬ 
bility  in  the  X-ray  for  cancer  treatment. 
At  least  the  first  man  he  had  heard  of, 
and  you  called  his  attention  to  this 
fact.  Tom  wasn't  quick  enough  to  get 
at  it.  .  Later  you  the  first  man  to 
suggest  Radium  for  Cancer  'treatment. 

But  Tom  seems  at  last  to  have  got 
to  work  well  equipped,  and  I  am  sure  you 
would  be  pleased  to  inspect  the  X-r«y 
room  at  53  W.  50  if  you  ever  have  time 
to  look  at  it-which  I  suspect  you  will 


Yours  faithfully. 


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Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Llewellyn  Park, 
Orange,  N.J. 


West  50th  Street.  \  V*. 

Jan.  8th  1916.  \ 


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sing  this  temperature  for  20  minutes? 

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About  one  year  ago  Dr.  Holding  forwarded  you  some  photographs 
of  cancer  cuses  before  and  after  electrical  treatment.  He  used  various 
methods  3uch  as  X-ray,  diathermy  etc.. 

Enclosed  find  reprints  covering  his  further  work  along  this  line. 

Cancer  oells  are  more  susceptible  to  heat  than  normal  cello:  30 
minutes  of  heat  at  55  C  destroying  cancer  oells  whereas  notisal  cells 
survive  3C  minutes  of  heat  at  60  C. 

The  present  methods  of  applying  heat  are  unsatisfactory  consisting 
for  the  a.eat  purt  of  soldering  irons  heated  by  electricity,  or  by  the  use 
of  high  frequency  transformers,  of  rather  high  voltage,  the  latter  gives 
heating  offsets  slowly.  (  We  arc  just  experimenting  with  a  transformer  of 
lower  voltage  which  wa  hope  will  be  more  satisfactory.) 

Dr.  Holding  has  adapted  a  thermo-coup3.o  Ter  accurately  measuring 
the  heat  in  the  tissue  itself.  A  reprint  covering  this  is  enclosed. 

V/e  have  used  both  electrical  and  chemical  coagulation  for  the 
bloodless  removal  of  cancer  in  bulk. 

Electric  coagulation  seems  to  shrivel  up  the  capillary  blood 
vessels  more  then  the  chemical  coagulation  and  results  in  slower  healing. 

Chemically  wo  have  used  chlorides  of  zinc  and  sar.guinaria  with 
enough  charcoal  to  color  the  agent.  After  ths  skin  has  boon  removed  and 
this  aj-plied  thero  results  a  death  of  a  layer  of  tissue  about  1/4  of  an 
inch  thick.  P.epeated  applications  are  made  and  then  the  layers  are  removed 
successively  until  the  tumor  disappears.  Thi3  removal  is  practically 
painless  and  odorless,  followed  by  an  ir. usually  well  nourished  bed  of 
granulations  which  car.  readily  be  skin  grafted  and  gives  a  much  superior 
cosmetic  result.  We  must  acknowledge  that  the  chemical  caustic  at  present 
gives  better  results  than  the  electrical  methods.  Possibly  an  electrical 


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